Exeter Schools push drug-free endeavors

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Red Ribbon Week offers life lessons for students

The Exeter School District has activities from Monday to Oct. 30 that encircle the Red Ribbon Week's overall theme of "Love Yourself. Be Drug-free."

The district wants to teach students to live drug-free because it is better for them, said Sharyn Crouch, Exeter Middle School and High School counselor and coordinator for Red Ribbon Week.

"They are going to be healthier," Crouch said. "They are going to be happier. They are going to be smarter. They are going to have a better education."

The students will dress according to each daily theme, with Monday's theme being "Too Bright to do Drugs." Students wear neon or tie-dye clothing. Each student will get a neon bracelet.

Tuesday's theme is "I Mustache You Not to do Drugs," where the students wear mustaches.

Wednesday's theme is "Stick to a Drug-Free Life." The students wear duct tape or stickers.

The Oct. 30 theme is "Only Crazy People do Drugs." The students wear crazy hats or have crazy hair.

The middle school and the high school have an assembly at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Crouch said. Supervising Agent John Luckey, of the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force, will speak about the dangers associated with the drugs available to students in this area.

The elementary school has an assembly at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, where Staff Sgt. Terry Billingsley, of the Missouri National Guard, will speak about making correct choices and being responsible.

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