Middle school celebrates community of caring
The celebration of Community of Caring/Red Ribbon Week was a special week at Upper Merion Area Middle School. Organized by Adam Slavin, principal, and community mobilizer for CAST, Susan Shelton, it featured activities designed to promote character and a drug-free lifestyle.
Popular radio host, Mark Shepperd, kicked off the week by reading a proclamation to the students encouraging them to remain drugfree. The proclamation was part of the Red Ribbon Campaign which has been providing drug prevention information to millions of youth since 1988. All staff and students received an “I Elect to be Drug Free” bracelet. Fifth grade students were trained in prosocial skills and the values chosen by the district: Caring, Respect, Responsibility, Trust and Family. On Tuesday, students and staff wore their shirts backwards to symbolize “Turning Their Back on Drugs.” Wednesday was “Real Heroes Don’t Do Drugs” Day as students wore capes or super heroes shirts. Thursday, students and staff wore Upper Merion or sports team apparel to “team up in the fight against drugs and alcohol.” Red tulips were planted prior to the start of the school day which will bloom in the spring, reminding students of their pledge to remain drug free.
Friday’s culminating activity, a school-wide service project, Viking Relief Day which is in its 12th year, featured students raising money through various activities for a cure for breast cancer and other local charities, along with the annual student/faculty football game.
It was “Real Heroes Don’t Do Drugs” Day as students wore capes or super heroes shirts to school during Community of Caring/Red Ribbon Week.