BCPS celebrates Red Ribbon Week by saying “No!” to bullying, drugs


Bright and early Monday morning, school children across Baltimore County said it loud and proud in honor of National Red Ribbon Week – no drugs or bullies welcomed here!

The National Family Partnership’s annual Red Ribbon Week has marshaled support against “the destruction caused by drugs in America” since 1985, according to the group’s website. By displaying red ribbons, supporters pledge to raise awareness about and opposition to drug abuse.

And the week’s observation coincided with National Bullying Prevention Month in October as well. So some schools, like Powhatan Elementary School, held ceremonies to mark both events, complete with every student tying a red ribbon to a rope line in front of the school.

“We want to let everyone in the community know our commitment to our future,” Powhatan Principal Deborea Montgomery told her students. “Each of you has a bright future, and we’re here today to say we’re going to make good decisions.”

Other schools will follow with similar ceremonies later in the week; at Winfield Elementary School, for instance, members of the Student Government Association, Safety Patrol, and a student hip-hop group called “Illstyle & Peace” will present two assemblies called “NO Bullying! STOP Bullying! Let’s Be Friends.”

So this week, look for red ribbons in and around Baltimore County’s public schools – more than just a pretty decoration, they symbolize our children’s determination both to prevent drug abuse and bullying and to excel and succeed.

Story and photos by BCPS Communications Specialist Charles Herndon
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