Planting a Promise to Stay Drug Free and Make Healthy Choices
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Wednesday, November 01, 2017
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As part of the district wide Red Ribbon Week Campaign all students at Veterans Park School ventured outside on October 25th to plant their promise to make good choices, stay healthy and remain drug free.  

Melissa Knowles, Veterans Park Principal explained, “Each year as we celebrate Red Ribbon Week we focus on a school-wide activities that will remind students of the importance of making good choices throughout their life.  This year, for one of our activities, we decided to have each of our students (4th and 5th grade) plant a red tulip or yellow daffodil, around the flagpole, as a symbol of their promise to stay healthy and drug free.”

Red Ribbon Week was established in 1988 as a way to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities, and in memory of Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique Camarena, who was killed in 1985, presumably by a drug cartel. He believed that one person can make a difference in the battle against drugs. Ludlow Public Schools have participated in the campaign for the last seven years.

Under the direction of Sarah Belson, Veterans Park 5th grade health teacher, students were told how and where to plant the bulbs, “Choose the bulb you want to plant, use the bulb planter to carefully put it in the ground and cover it with dirt. In the spring all of these bulbs you  planted today will bloom to remind us of your promise to stay drug free and make healthy choices.”

After planting her bulb 4th grader Carina Fonseca, shared, “Planting my bulb was a promise not to bully, not to be rude, not to be mean and to stay away from drugs.”  

Jennifer Fafard, DEA agent and Ludlow CARES member, was present to assist with the planting. “ When I heard about this activity I thought it was such a wonderful idea so I wanted to be here to support it and lend a helping hand.”

As the last bulbs were planted Knowles commented, “I am looking forward to seeing the 400 bulbs bloom this spring. It will not only be a beautiful addition to our school grounds, but it will stand as a visual reminder to not only our students but the entire community, of the promise they took this fall.”

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