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Schools support food pantry during Red Ribbon Week

Ms. Carrell's class with donated items
Ms. Carrell’s class displays their donation items.

Red Ribbon Week is a national initiative to encourage students to live a drug free life. Hose Elementary School celebrated the week with different spirit days, including a canned food drive on Monday, Oct. 24, following fall break. Students were encouraged to participate by bringing one or more non-perishable food item to contribute to the local FISH Food Pantry. The day, titled “We CAN say no to drugs,” was one activity of the week-long celebration of healthy living. Hose wanted to give students an opportunity to feel the joy of giving and helping in the community.

Other events of the week included spirit dress days, an art contest representing the national red ribbon theme, and a classroom visit from the school counselor to teach students about keeping their bodies and brains healthy by staying drug free and making good choices.

Red Ribbon Week was celebrated CCSC in grades K-5 to give students a strong foundation to encourage them to make healthy choices.

From the one-day food drive, Hose Elementary School families donated 566 pounds of food to the food pantry. Hoover Elementary also had a Red Ribbon drive and totaled more than 250 pounds.
Instead of Red Ribbon Week, Crawfordsville Middle School’s ATeam sponsored a Halloween food drive and brought in 480 pounds. CMS students could wear their Halloween costume to school in exchange for donations made to the FISH Pantry Food Drive.