On the last week of October, New Haven High hosted their annual Red Ribbon Week. On Monday, the theme was to wear boots to “stomp out drugs,” and there was a guest speaker that day. Tuesday’s theme was to wear red. The best dressed in red got a large pizza on Wednesday. On the last day of Red Ribbon Week, Wednesday was “put a cap on drugs” by wearing a baseball cap.
Sarah Bloch, a nurse practitioner, came to talk to the high school and middle school about E-cigarettes and juuling on Monday. She talked to both schools for 30 minutes on the bad effects of nicotine and all other chemicals in electronic cigarettes and regular cigarettes on a young person’s body.
Reflecting on Red Ribbon Week as a whole, students were asked which out of the three days was their favorite. 23% said they liked Monday’s spirit wear. Wednesday’s cap day earned 31% of the votes. Another 39% chose that they liked all three days.
The student body was asked if they could change one of the themes to something different, what would it be. Morgan Branson and McKenzie Overschmidt, both seniors, said if they could change a day to a different theme, it would be “PJ day.” Sheny Delgado, junior, said she would like a “Disney day.”
On Wednesday, the theme was to wear red and the high school staff voted on who wore the theme best. Senior Lauralie Grater won the prize. Knowing that some students wished there had been more days with prizes, the students commented on whether they like having one prize day or not. 15% said they liked only having one prize day. Those who did not like having one prize day were 31%. 54% said they did not have a preference on the prize days.
Students commented on if we had more prize days what would they like. Aaliyah Bates, a freshman, said she would have a “Chinese [food]” prize day.
Ashlyn Beckmann, a sophomore, suggested, “a hot cocoa bar with different toppings to choose from.”
This week was not only fun but also super informational to students and staff. Hope next year is as amazing as this year!