Throughout the country, the week of Oct. 22nd is Red Ribbon Week, meant to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. This year’s theme is “Life is your journey, travel drug-free”.
Castaic Middle School is having three major events that will engage the students in drug-free—with a focus on “vape-free”—activities in their lives.
On Monday, Castaic Middle School welcomed Jacy Pratt of ACTION Family Counseling Foundation, who spoke on the dangers of drugs, the warning signs, and how to get help if needed.
On Tuesday, Officers Bill Velek and Travis Sabadin of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spoke on the effects of vaping and how easily it can be for young people to be convinced to start vaping.
The week’s events will culminate in a “Don’t get WRAPPED up in Drugs” fundraiser, where students, parents, and teachers can pay $1 for piece of duct tape, or $5 for tape wrap around, to tape Principal Brauneisen to a pillar in the middle of the quad, where he will hang during the entire lunch hour.
Money raised from the students will go toward a contribution to the ACTION Family Counseling Foundation.
“This is a serious topic, but it’s important that we are engaging it in a positive way that gets the students engaged and talking about the dangers of drugs, smoking and vaping,” said Castaic Union School District Superintendent Steve Doyle.
About Castaic Union School District:
Serving nearly 2,200 students in the northwest portion of the Santa Clarita Valley. Castaic Union School District features four schools, providing children with a creative and collaborative learning environment supported by a safe and nurturing atmosphere that creates lifelong learners and empowers them to be critical thinkers in a global community.