Area schools are promoting a drug-free lifestyle with a variety of activities and events for Red Ribbon Week, slated for Oct. 24 through 28.
Cassville Intermediate students are boasting the theme "Pawsitively Drug- Free" with a week-long spirit campaign against substance abuse.
On Monday, students may wear hats to school as they celebrate "Put a Cap on Drugs" day. On Tuesday, all students will receive "Smarties" candies, promoting the theme of being "Too Smart to Start."
On Wednesday, students will be encouraged to wear red as they take part in a Red Ribbon Week Parade, kicking off at 9:30 a.m. Students will march from the school to the square for a special assembly.
On Thursday, students will "Sock It to Drugs," showing off their craziest socks. On Friday, students will reinforce the theme of being "Pawsitively Drug-Free" by wearing their Wildcat clothing and school spirit attire.
During the week, students will also receive information through guidance lessons offered by Cassville Chief of Police Dana Kammerlohr and a presentation sponsored by the Elk's Club.
The theme for Red Ribbon Week this year at Shell Knob School District is "Say Peace Out to Drugs."
Students will have the opportunity to attend a school-wide assembly on Monday, Oct. 24. A school-wide photo will be taken on Wednesday. Students are encouraged to wear red and will form the word "NO" outside for the photo.
Students will also participate in a variety of classroom activities throughout the week.
This year's anti-drug theme at Southwest is "I've Got Better Things to Do than Drugs."
Each day has a designated theme designed to offer an alternative to drug use. Monday is "Play Sports" day, and students will be encouraged to dress in sporting attire, including hunting and fishing wear. On Tuesday, students are invited to wear pajamas to school in observance of "Go to a Slumber Party" day.
On Wednesday, students can dress like their favorite superhero for "Watch a Superhero Movie" day. On Thursday, students are encouraged to get creative by dressing up as their favorite video or board game character for "Play a Game Day." "Listen to Music" will give students an opportunity to dress up as their favorite musical artist on Friday.
Purdy's theme this year is "I'm too Proud to do Drugs."
Dress up activities include: pajamas, on Monday, to highlight "Drugs Destroy your Dreams"; "Rep Your Team" is planned for favorite team day on Tuesday; "Eagle Pride" black and gold day will encourage students to wear school colors on Wednesday; and red attire for "Show Your Drug-Free Pride" on Thursday. There is no school on Friday, Oct. 28 for Purdy students.