La Joya ISD Students Go Above and Beyond for Red Ribbon Week

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 9:51am

MISSION - In almost every grade level during grade school, kids learn about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
And while most of this teaching happens in the classroom, one local school took their lesson outside for the day so that students could better understand the support they have from teachers and their community when it comes to saying no to drugs.

News Center 23 Reporter Erin Murray tells us more.

A red paper chain circles around Narciso Cavasos Elementary School. It's a message to all students and staff for Red Ribbon Week.

"The children and their families created these chain links with messages and we brought them together to sort of symbolize that we are protecting our school and our children, our staff, against the drug influence that is out there," said Marisa Garza, Principal.

Six hundred students, 80 staff members and a variety of community members, including the sheriff's department and fire fighters, held the chain and chanted a promise to stay away from drugs.

And this project didn't just stay in the classroom, it actually went home. Each of these children asked their brothers, sisters and their parents to write down their affirmation against drugs.

Each message written was different, but each held the same meaning, say no to drugs.

The students ranged from Fifth grade all the way down to Pre-K.

"They are never too young to start, i think influences are everywhere, and many that we cannot control, and so therefore i think it is important to start at an early age," said Dr. Alda Benavides, La Joya ISD Superintendent.

The entire month of October is considered Red Ribbon Month. Other school districts across the Valley are also taking part in Red Ribbon events, but some school administrators think one month is not enough.

"It really needs to be done everyday, because our children need to be reminded everyday. i think that it takes all of us. it takes a village to raise a child, so it takes all of us, everyday, reminding our kids to do what is right," said Benavides.

Members of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department even took time to talk with each grade level. The deputies shared with students their experiences and reasons why they need to say no to drugs.

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