Door decorations send anti-drug message

Doors with anti-drug slogans

The halls of Herkimer Jr./Sr. High School were decorated with positive messages as students marked Red Ribbon Week in late October and early November.

Red Ribbon Week is a nationwide alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October across the United States.

While the nationwide campaign wrapped up on Oct. 31, HHS continued to mark Red Ribbon Week into November with a door decorating contest open to all students.

According to Ms. Bello, coordinator for the school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter, middle school students worked in their homerooms to decorate their classroom doors. The contest also saw one team of high school students decorate the door of prevention coordinator Crystal Gerhardt, who also helped coordinate the Red Ribbon Week activities.

“It’s a way to draw attention and awareness to something that’s important,” Ms. Bello explained.

The decorations were evaluated based on visual impact, craftsmanship, completeness, originality and theme. The winning classes were Mrs. Lowell’s class for sixth grade, and Mr. Valasek and Mrs. Hull’s room for seventh grade. One design featured photographs of the students holding their noses, with a message that read “Drugs stink!”

“It definitely takes teamwork,” Ms. Bello said, noting that students were responsible for deciding on a design, assembling the materials and hanging the decorations themselves.

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