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Christ the King celebrates Red Ribbon Week

(left) Students dolled up in their craziest outfits on Dress Up Day. (right) Christ the King students were able to come to school in their sleep clothes on PJ Day. Photos by Mrs. Roberta Nelson


Students at Christ the King declared a drug-free lifestyle during the week of Oct. 22 to 26, as part of the nationwide program Red Ribbon Week.

Each day marked a different theme that revolved around students being drug- and alcohol-free. Monday was Pledge Day and Comfy Day, where students wore PJs, sweat shirts and pants. Students were given a slip of paper and wrote down their reason for being drug-free, which was displayed in the school’s hallways and classrooms.

Tuesday was Wacky Hair and Clothes Day, and students heard a presentation from Karen Smith, who interviewed a woman who used to be a drug user.

Wednesday was Dress Like Your Parents, Teachers or Friends Day, and on Thursday students took part in Patriotic Day and Dress Like Your Favorite Sports Hero Day. Students were encouraged to wear as much as red, white and blue as possible, and then played the game Dodging Drugs, which pitted students against the teachers in a game of dodgeball.

Friday was Mass, Dress Up and Wear Red Day. Students participated in an all-school Mass for those who have lost their lives because of drugs. The sixth grade class was assigned to do the reading of petitions under the direction of Mrs. Loretta Maher. In the afternoon there was a scavenger hunt, and students competed to find as many hidden posters as possible, each which had a special drug and alcohol slogan. Prizes were awarded to the group that found the most posters.

Activities were organized under the direction of Sister Elizabeth Rose, the school Principal John D. Barry, the school counselor and the Christ the King SADD organization.

Christ the King students competed against teachers in a dodgeball game, where teachers represented drugs, and the students' goal was to beat the drugs - which they did. The game was part of a weeklong celebration of Red Ribbon Week, in which students pledge to remain drug and alcohol free. Brian L. Gray photo