Clark, NJ – Students at the Frank K. Hehnly School in Clark united together recently to celebrate Red Ribbon Week. Students in all grades participated in activities aimed at increasing awareness about the harmful effects of drugs.

Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the United States. Its message reaches millions of Americans each October. The program was established to remember the life of Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, a Drug Enforcement Agent, who was killed in 1985. During the week Americans historically make a pledge to live a drug free lifestyle.

Some of the activities that took place at Hehnly School this week included kindergartners, first and second graders stamping-out drugs by decorating the school with footprints that hold a special anti-drug message. Third grade students participated in a poetry contest titled “My Natural High” in which students shared about things that naturally make them happy without having to resort to drugs or alcohol.  Fourth grade students participated in the annual Verizon Folder Contest that is centered on the message that there are many “fun things to do instead of drugs.”

Other school wide activities included wearing red, participating in the annual “Kick Drugs Out of Your Life” soccer kicking competition and coming together for a whole-school Walk Against Drugs. “Red Ribbon Week is vital to promoting the importance of living a healthy lifestyle that is free of drugs and alcohol. Together with staff these awareness activities were planned to promote the theme of being drug free,” explained Mrs. Shirley Bergin, Principal of Hehnly School.