October 22-25, 2018
Red Ribbon Week is a nation drug prevention awareness campaign. Franklin supported Red Ribbon Week by doing activities in the middle and high school all week. On Monday we were at the high school holding signs with facts about tobacco, vaping, underage drinking, and drugs on them. We also handed out bookmarks with a drug prevention message to English teachers to distribute during class. Students also read announcements each day stating drug facts, defining red ribbon week, and encouraging students to wear the color red on Thursday (last day of school for the week). 300 book marks were distributed.
On Wednesday our middle school students passed out “tobacco tricks not treat” candy during lunch. Students also created posters to place around the lunch room walls with facts about the negative health effects, costs, and tricky advertisement of tobacco products. About 700 students were reached during this activity.
On Thursday we went back to the high school to display the posters and distribute red Volition socks and red ribbons so students could participate in the wear red day. 200 ribbons and socks were given to students. Students were encouraged to take a selfie wearing their new red gear and post to social media with #VolitionFranklin. Posters were hung on Volition member lockers advertising Red Ribbon Week and reminding them of the contest. Of all the students who posted to their social media accounts, one was selected at random to win a $20 Starbucks gift card. One lesson we learned is that if a student has a private account, we are not able to see their photo, even if they use the hashtag. Moving forward we will encourage students to first like or follow Volition social media prior to posting their own photo. Overall the socks were well received by students.