Getting a jump on things


Neil Hafley School eighth graders Elizabeth Shaw, left, Bryson Stonum and Sandra Reed tie ribbons on a chain link fence at the school to spell out the words “B Fly, Not High”. The group was doing the activity in advance of next week’s anti-drug Red Ribbon Week.(Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 17mm. Exposure: f/8 @ 1/250, ISO 200)

Every October schools hold their Red Ribbon Week anti-drug campaign. Various events are held through out the week to teach kids about the dangers of alcohol and drugs. At some point schools have students tie red ribbons on a fence to form a witty and clever saying. We usually get some sort of press release or other notification of the event’s coming. That’s why it was a bit of a surprise to me when I saw a group of students and a teacher at Neil Hafley School in Manteca doing the ribbon thing. I didn’t recall anyone in the newsroom mention that we needed to cover a Red Ribbon Week happening or that it was even coming up. The teacher in charge said that it’s actually next week and that they were getting a head start. She also said that they had to tie the ribbons on tight and in great number because the nearb y high schoolers
sometimes come by and take them off. Kudos to the younger students for getting a jump on things and setting a good example.

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