At Lord Botetourt High School the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, FCCLA takes Red Ribbon week seriously. “Where as at some schools Moms come in and decorate the school and leave, our students do all of the planning and work for Red Ribbon Week,” said Jane Reynolds, FCCLA club sponsor. The LBHS Red Ribbon numerous events won them the RAYSAC District first prize! “We incorporated many different ideas and put them into practice and that impressed the judge,” said Reynolds.
Reynolds said as an example, “We incorporated many messages in to Red Ribbon week like healthy snacks at Troutville Elementary School on Tuesday night as “Bee Healthy.” The FCCLA members dressed as bees presented the snacks as part of Red Ribbon. A blood drive was held Thursday at Lord Botetourt. The PTSA joined in and handed out red ribbons at the school bus line. Parents signed a be drug free “Parents as partners” pledge at the football stadium on Friday night Oct. 19. The student’s decorated the stadium, the school, and used available campus media to spread the message. Letters and ribbons were sent to area churches and local business put “We support Red Ribbon Week” on their marquees to name a few of the activities. The students produced a video to follow your heart made by Piper Gaul to visualize resisting drug and substances abuse.
Within the school, door decorating contests, posters and an anti Bath Salts speaker came throughout the week. “Hand in Hand Let’s Take a against Drugs” was a theme of the week and the cross country team wore red ribbons in the district meet on Wednesday.
On Friday morning a Cake Boss contest had teachers pitted against one another decorating the perfect drug free message cake. Teachers Jon Cook and Brandon Taylor won the popular vote with “a Pumpkin head that’s what drugs make you into,” cake. First place went to Library Aide Terri Slusser, who had “This is your brain on drugs” cake from TV ads in her youth. Students purchased the cake for a dollar per slice in the hall before school on Friday, Oct. 26.