Roughly 115 Murrieta Mesa High School
students helped kick off National Red Ribbon Week (Oct. 23-31) at Avaxat Elementary
School Tuesday morning in Murrieta.
This year’s Red Ribbon theme is “A Healthy Me is Drug Free.”
The event was put on by the student senate at Murrieta Mesa High School and was also a fifth annual event at Avaxat Elementary School, according to Erin Moran, Activities Director at Murrieta Mesa High School.
Murrieta Mesa students on hand consisted mostly of seniors but many juniors and sophomores were also in attendance to participate in the activities on the upper field of Avaxat’s campus.
Students from the high school's football,
basketball, baseball, volleyball, band, tennis, cheer, dance, and leadership
teams were among those who helped remind the elementary school students to stay away from drugs and warn them
of the dangers they can pose to one’s health.
Mesa seniors also spoke on the topic of bullying and encouraged students and teachers to work together as a team to prevent and ultimately stop bullying at schools.
“I believe that this is an important event because the kids look up to us. We are able to set an example for them,” said Miyono Sanders, a junior who serves as the school commissioner for Red Ribbon rallies.
According to Murrieta Valley Unified School District Spokeswoman Karen Parris, Murrieta elementary and middle schools are observing National Red Ribbon Week throughout the month of October.
Following today’s kickoff and wearing green for Murrieta Mesa’s pep rally, students at Avaxat Elementary School will also participate in this month’s events:
Oct. 28 – Wear red; Kick off Red Ribbon Week and sign pledge sheets.
Oct. 29 – Sunglasses Day; “Too cool to do drugs.”
Oct. 30 – Backwards Day; “I do my own thing, I am not a follower.”
Oct. 31 – Twin Day; “Together we can stop bullying.”
“It’s great that the older kids can send a positive message to our students in a fun way,” said Patty Marsolino, an instructional assistant for kindergarten students at Avaxat Elementary School.
For more information regarding National Red Ribbon Week, visit www.redribbon.org