Schools in the Locust Valley Central School District held activities focused on making smart decisions, from staying drug free to being inclusive.
The Locust Valley High School SADD Club organized many events for Red Ribbon Week centered around this year’s theme, Send a Message, Stay Drug Free. Students and staff dressed in red clothes adorned with red ribbons and participated in activities focused on promoting healthy choices. High school psychologists Adriana Marin and Kristen Sylvan, the high school SADD advisers, assisted club members with the coordination of the week’s events.
Representatives from the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence spoke to high school students about the dangers of vaping, shared information on how to get help and encouraged the audience to watch for signs of dependence in their friends.
“The SADD Club celebrates Red Ribbon Week to help engage students and staff in conversations regarding healthy decision-making and positive coping strategies,” Dr. Marin said. “The goal of the week is to help empower our students if they are ever faced with difficult decisions.”
Ms. Sylvan said that having outside presentations helps provide important information to students. “We are happy to have speakers from LICADD here to share professional insight on important topics,” she said.
Locust Valley Middle School’s SADD Club shared a short video for students to watch that reinforced the Red Ribbon Week theme. The SADD Club members hung banners in the school with post-it notes that had positive messages written on them. Throughout the week, students were invited to take one of the notes for themselves or to pass along to other students who may need support. Students were also encouraged to take pictures of any notes received and share them with the hashtag #sendamessage.
Middle school SADD advisors Amanda Noren and Liz DeGennaro helped organize the events. “The goal was to spread positivity throughout the building,” Ms. Noren said.