Barry County Schools will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23 through Oct. 26, with a variety of activities.
This year's theme at Cassville Intermediate School is These Paws Don't Touch Drugs.
Students will receive information through guidance lessons, a presentation from the local Elks Club and spirit week activities.
On Tuesday, students will have the opportunity to "Shade Out Drugs" by wearing sunglasses.
On Wednesday, students may wear clothing inside out to illustrate the day's theme, "Drugs Turn You Inside Out."
Thursday's theme, "I'm a 'Jean'-ius, Drug Free. Students are encouraged to wear jeans and a red shirt. The annual Red Ribbon Parade will also take place, beginning at 9:15 at the school, located on Kid Cat Drive, and continuing on Main Street to the Cassville square.
On Friday, the theme is "These Paws Don't Touch Drugs." Students are urged to wear the school colors of black and gold in observance of Wildcat Spirit Day.
The staff at Cassville Intermediate School understands that families deal with substance abuse issues daily.
"We would like to take the opportunity to enlist the community's support in making Cassville a safe and healthy place for our youth to learn and grow," said Shelly Sparkman, Cassville Intermediate School counselor. "We can't always depend on someone else to communicate the dangers of using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs to our youth. Each day, we must make sure that we send our children into a world filled with people that are pulling for them to succeed in making healthy choices."
Cassville High School will celebrate Red Ribbon Week with the following activities Oct. 23 through Oct. 26.
On Tuesday, students will wear neck ties and hair bows, and on Wednesday, they will wear camouflage. On Thursday, students will wear red, and on Friday, they will dress like a nerd to celebrate Red Ribbon Week.
The Cassville School District is not in session on Monday.
The Shell Knob School District has also scheduled spirit activities for Red Ribbon Week. The celebratory week will kick off with addresses by Shell Knob Student Council members at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 22.
On Monday, students are challenged to follow their dreams and not do drugs by wearing pajamas to school. The theme for Tuesday is "Drug Free, I Can Be Anything I Want To Be," and students are encouraged to wear attire based on their future career goals.
Students will wear red on Wednesday, and celebrate "Hair's To a Drug-Free Life" by showing off crazy hair styles on Thursday. On Friday, students will wear mismatched clothing to show that "drugs are ridiculous."
The Exeter R-6 School District will celebrate the theme "I Elect To Be Drug Free" during Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 22 through Oct. 26.
Students will take part in a door decorating contest,daily theme activities and a poster decorating contest in hopes of winning stickers, balloons, ribbons, pencils, bracelets, athletic bags and a class party.
Daily themes for the week include: "I Elect To Be Drug Free," Monday, students wear red, white and blue; "Follow Your Dreams: Don't Do Drugs," Tuesday, students wear pajamas; "Be All You Can Be, Be Drug Free," Wednesday, students wear camouflage; "I'm Too Bright For Drugs," Thursday, students wear bright colors or tie-dye attire; and "Give Drugs the Boot," Friday, students wear boots.
Southwest Elementary and Middle School faculty will present a fashion show at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18. Teachers will model fashions that will be examples for each day of the Red Ribbon sprit week.
Throughout the week, elementary students will be presented with drug prevention activities during counselor classroom visits.
Middles school students are invited to "Color Their World Drug Free" by coloring ribbons and hanging to hang on their lockers. The activity is a way for students to demonstrate their commitment to remaining drug and alcohol free.
Middle school students will also be encouraged to join Southwest Awareness Youth (SWAY), an organization for middle school students interested in taking a stand against drugs and alcohol.
Students in the middle school will also study drug prevention worksheets during teacher advisory. Questions will be used during Who Wants To Be Drug Free, a version of "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?"
High school students are encouraged to join Southwest Awareness Teens (SWAT), an organization for students interested in taking a stand against drugs and alcohol.
On Monday, all students will celebrate the theme "Color My World Drug Free." Kindergarten, fifth and ninth grade students will wear green, and first, sixth and 10th grade students will wear blue. Second, seventh and 11th grade students will wear red, and third, eighth and 12th grade students will wear orange. Preschool and fourth grader students will wear yellow.
Other spirit week activities include: "I'm Too Bright For Drugs," Tuesday, students wear bright or neon colors; "Black Out Drugs," Wednesday, students wear as much black clothing as possible; "Say Peace Out To Drugs," Thursday, students wear tie-dye, rainbow or 60's style clothing and peace signs; and "I Elect To Be Drug Free," Friday, students wear red, white and blue or dress patriotic.
Purdy R-II Schools will use the theme "Eagles Elect to be Drug Free," during its Red Ribbon Week, which will be celebrated Oct. 22 through Oct. 25.
Purdy Elementary will have a poster contest about drug abuse awareness. Grades kindergarten through third will receive coloring activity books in the "Elect to be Drug Free" theme.
The middle and high school will hear a presentation about drug abuse awareness from the Cassville police chief, Dana Kammerlohr, as part of abuse awareness day on Oct. 19, created by Purdy's chapter of FCCLA.
Each day during Red Ribbon Week will have a dress-up theme.
Information concerning other districts' Red Ribbon Week activities received after press time will be posted on the newspaper's website at cassville-democrat.com.