Thursday, 10 November 2011 by Matthew Girard
Students at Pirtle Elementary School showed the importance of being drug free by celebrating Belton ISD's "Red Ribbon Week" with daily themes and costumes.
Red Ribbon Week, which was from Oct. 24-28, was a week to help raise awareness of drug prevention in area schools.
The Red Ribbon Week was celebrated at all BISD schools, but Pirtle raised awareness through different themed costume days.
"We did it to create drug awareness and to make the children aware that it takes effort to say no to drugs and why they should say no to drugs," Pirtle Elementary School counselor Christy Sharum said.
Throughout the week, students dressed up according to the theme of the day, which included wearing cowboy boots to story book characters.
"Every day, we dressed up in special costumes," Sharum said. "One day we wore mixed-matched socks to say, 'Sock it to drugs,' and another day we dressed up like characters from a book to show 'good character.'"
Along with the costumes, the Lake Belton Middle School cheerleaders and "Pals" came to the school to lead students in drug-free cheers and teach the importance of staying drug free later in life as well.
Sharum said the students enjoyed participating in each day's theme.
"They enjoyed it very much, but they also know what it means," Sharum said. "They are all very aware that it's cool to say no to drugs."