Windber students took an active stand against drug use and abuse during Red Ribbon Week, held October 26 – 30. In addition to the traditional red ribbons, our middle and high school students handed out red rubber wrist bands to help students show their support for more than just the week! Other highlights from the week included:
High school athletes, Windber firefighters and police officers and other local “celebrities” handed out ribbons to kick off the week at the elementary school
Students dressed up for drug-free theme days that included:
Monday- Put a Sock on Drugs:  Students wore their craziest pair of socks with pride to help up Sock it to Drugs!
Tuesday- Peace Out to Drugs: Students wore tie-dye to support a drug-free community both in and out of school.
Wednesday- Too Bright for Drugs: Students shined in their brightest neon colors to show they are too bright for drugs.
Thursday- Turn Your Back on Drugs: Students wore their clothes backwards to present a solid “front” against drugs.
Friday- Drug-Free Team: Students wore team jerseys to show support of our drug-free school team!
In addition, middle school students participated in the Somerset County Red Ribbon Committee's poster contest and visually represented a way they respected themselves. High school SADD members also participated in the Somerset County Red Ribbon Committee's banner contest. Their banner featured the slogan "Here to lend you a helping hand staying drug free" with teacher signatures surrounding it. Students also added their signatures to it throughout the week to show their support for a drug free Windber community. 
"I think it is important to recognize Red Ribbon Week so that we can make help our school and community be drug free,” said Courtney Streepy, a senior and SADD (Students Against Destructive Behavior).  “Drug awareness activities help students to realize that it is okay not to give in to peer pressure. We want to encourage students to make positive decisions in their everyday lives!"