By Cristal Rivera
Opening the eyes of young adults about the true meaning of Red Ribbon Week was the goal of Madera South High School. Many elementary and middle schools celebrate this awareness week, but as a high school we attempted to do something different.
The week began with all of our staff sharing shocking facts and the history behind Red Ribbon Week. Daily statistics and information were read aloud over the broadcast system. During lunch, students were able to sign a pledge to be drug free and receive a ribbon, bracelet, pencil and a copy of their pledge as a reminder of their vow.
Tomorrow, more than 100 students will take the silent pledge to not talk until lunch in honor of a substance abuse victim. They will paint their faces white, eye regions black and place a picture with the biography of a victim who lost their life because of another person’s decision to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
At lunch, the students will hold tombstones around our quad and stand in silence with a red balloon as students sing. The students will then gather on stage where a message will be read about how our choices not only shape our future, but affect others as well. Students will then release balloons in front of our student body...