Valley Stream 13 takes a stand against drug use


Valley Stream 13 students learned how to consider the risks of drug use and promote healthy decision-making throughout their lives as part of Red Ribbon Week’s drug prevention awareness program.

Throughout the week, each school had its own drug prevention theme with accompanying activities for students.

James A. Dever Elementary School kicked off the week by wearing red ribbons and making a pledge to remain drug-free. The school gathered outside for a powerful display of unity by forming a large red ribbon. Students and teachers at Wheeler Avenue Elementary School held “Hats Off to Being Drug-Free Day” where they wore hats and red T-shirts to show their commitment to being drug-free. Willow students also came to school wearing their favorite jerseys to team up against drugs. Howell Road Elementary School students wore colorful outfits, sunglasses, and glow sticks for “My Future is Too Bright for Drugs Day.”

“Educating students about living drug-free is an essential component of our health and social-emotional curriculum,” said Superintendent Judith LaRocca. “Red Ribbon Week enables us to reinforce the danger of drugs and empowers our students to make healthy life decisions.”