Red Ribbon Week: Students Pledging to Stay Drug/Alcohol Free

(Sheridan Media file photo)
(Sheridan Media file photo)

Students in Sheridan High School's WATCH program are celebrating Red Ribbon Week, raising awareness in fellow students about the harmful effects of drug and alcohol use.

"We Are the Change" is a group of students at SHS that pledge to be drug- and alcohol-free.

Tracey Hewitt-Adams, Career Center Coordinator and WATCH Facilitator at SHS, explains a few of the things they are doing this week.

WATCH students visited Woodland Park Elementary on Tuesday to put on skits for elementary students.

Students also visited with students at Sheridan Junior High School last week, where the students took home pledges and signed them with their parents.

Hewitt-Adams has coordinated the program for two years. They've collected more than 200 signatures on pledges this year, and she hopes that some of those students will become regular WATCH members.

"We have a huge number of kids that are making the right choices," Hewitt-Adams said.

WATCH will hold a big pledge signing this Friday for students at the high school during lunch.

Held during the last week in October, Red Ribbon Week began in 1988 as an extension of the DEA's drug use prevention efforts through education.

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