By Kayla Carter
While many children have probably been preparing costumes to celebrate Halloween, students at Happy Valley Middle School were dressing up to promote drug-free lifestyles this week.
School counselor Tiffany Herrick said Red Ribbon Week promotes awareness of the toll drugs can take on a child’s future.
“It’s a nationally recognized week,” she said. “We want them to make the right decisions when it comes to drugs.”
On Thursday, the theme called for students to dress to depict what they want to be when they grow up.
“If they want to get where they are going, doing drugs is not the way to get there,” Herrick said.
Tre Railey decided to dress up as Happy Valley Middle School Principal Jonathan Minton because he would like to become a principal when he gets older.
“I thought it was pretty clever,” Minton said. “I didn’t think this morning, knowing what today was, that this would happen.”
Railey said Minton’s involvment in athletics such as football and basketball inspire him.
“I just want to be like him,” Railey said.
In order to reach that goal, Railey said he has learned through Red Ribbon week that he must say no to drugs.
He also pointed out that the effects of drugs cannot always be seen: “They will make your heart ugly and lungs black,” Railey said.
A student in Barbara Sesney’s homeroom class, Chloe Donaldson, who dressed up as a veterinarian, said through Red Ribbon Week she knows that in order to reach their goals, they must say no to drugs.
“When you grow up, you want to be like this instead of being on drugs,” Donaldson said.
Sesney’s homeroom class won the door-decorating contest and will have a donut party during their homeroom class today.