Mill Creek's contribution to Red Ribbon Week kicks off Monday at Mill Creek Elementary School.
The school's theme this year is to "Make an Extreme Commitment" to be drug free. Each day during this week, an event is planned for the kids. Monday's skating party at Funway Entertainment Center in Batavia is just the beginning.
The purpose for Red Ribbon week is to increase awareness about drugs and their danger, allowing the kids to sign a pledge to be drug free and earn their own red ribbon to wear. The children are encouraged to participate each day with the planned events. This gets the kids involved, making the commitment real for them and not just being told not to do drugs.
Monday's extreme skate party begins at 4 p.m. and costs $5 per skater for the standard skate shoe. In-line skates are available for an extra rental fee of $2.50. The pay-at-the-door event is very popular with the kids.
Tuesday's theme is taking red to the extreme by wearing all red to school. The Mill Creek library will have a jar for guessing how many item are in it. The student closest will win a healthy snack basket for their classroom on Thursday.
Wednesday's theme is for the students and staff to be extreme supporters of the community. The kids should wear anything that is Geneva Viking Blue. This begins day one of the canned food drive that all Geneva School participate in. This food drive will benefit the Food Pantry for First Baptist Church of Geneva. Donations should be nonperishable food items.
Thursday's theme is extreme-health day. Kids can support their drug-free and healthy lifestyle by wearing their favorite sweatpants or athletic apparel. The class winner of the healthy snack basket will be awarded.
Friday brings the week to a close by a school wide assembly, stressing the importance of a healthy and drug free life.
This week also provides parents with an excellent opportunity to talk to their kids about drug and their devastating effects. Not sure how or what to say to your kids? The visit the drug-free website for age-appropriate discussion points.