Red Ribbon Week 2016
By Westin Montano
Red Ribbon Week is a nationally commemorated annual tradition in schools across America. The week is dedicated to promoting a drug-free life. With dress-up days to get students involved, schools are also given red ribbon bracelets to show support for being drug-free.
At Centennial, Monday's spirit day is favorite sports jersey day, with the phrase "team up against drugs". On Tuesday, it's Hawaiian attire day, to "lei" off drugs. Wednesday’s is wear neon day, along with the phrase "we're too bright for drugs". Thursday, it's pajama day because we follow our dreams and Friday's spirit day is to dress up in Western attire to "give drugs the boot". As many people participate in these spirit days by dressing up, posters are hung all around the school to raise awareness about Red Ribbon Week and support the cause against drugs. Red Ribbon Week, starting in elementary schools is something both students and teachers have experienced annually. Red Ribbon Week’s message to all students is to have a drug-free life, which is shown through the participation of students by dressing up on spirit days throughout the week.
In the 800's Quad near the student's parking lot, a nearly-destroyed car was placed there to show students the effects drugs have on you while driving. The drugs caused the driver to accidentally crash, leaving the ruins of a broken car. In the end, Red Ribbon Week allows students and teachers alike to dress up on spirit day and have fun, however it’s important to remember the reasoning behind it. Drug’s cause damage to a lot of lives and by dressing up you’re showing your support and encouraging others to live a drug-free life.