November 3, 2017
Ever since elementary school, we have all gone through many versions of Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week highlights the effects of drug and alcohol use and is practiced at every school throughout the district.
The purpose of Red Ribbon Week is to raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving and drug abuse,” said junior and BTC member Dana Otera, who organized the week of activities.
She also said, “Red Ribbon Week is important because we should all strive to commit to living a safe and drug-free life. It’s important to be mindful in our decision-making regarding drug and alcohol use.”
On Monday October 23, a car that was wrecked in a drunk-driving accident was placed in Junior pod for students to observe what could happen in these situations.
On Tuesday, a guest speaker talked about the dangers of drugs and alcohol use.
Wear Red Wednesday gave students the opportunity to support safe alcohol and drug-use habits by wearing red. On the same day at Sea King Park, students could sign a sobriety pledge and receive a bracelet for their participation. There was also a panel discussion called “Understanding PV Teens” held for all Sea King parents in the OAR.
On Thursday, BTC put on what was called “Every 15 Minutes.” A statistic says every 15 minutes someone is killed in a drunk-driving related car accident.
“BTC hoped to impact as many students as possible by simulating what it would be like if 17 students, friends, peers, or family members died. This day is to remind us about [how] we need to be aware and careful of our actions. It is also to bring awareness about driving under the influence,” said Otera.
On Friday, Pumpkin Palooza was held in Sea King Park. Sea Kings decorated tiny pumpkins with markers, pom poms, and sticks. Students also participated in sack races, corn hole games, and a pie eating contest. Pumpkin Palooza had a great turn out and was fun for all Sea Kings.
“Red Ribbon Week is great because I think everyone needs to get reminded of all the bad things that could happen when they take drugs or get drunks… I think Red Ribbon Week has a great message that everyone needs to take heart because drugs and drunk driving can really turn someone’s life upside down,” said junior Margaret Reid.
“BTC hopes to bring the severity of drug and alcohol use, and its implications to the attention of PVHS students. We want students to be aware of their actions in hopes of creating not only a better environment for themselves but also their peers and community as a whole,” said Otera.