Bulletin Staff Report

Red Ribbon Week observances are scheduled in many Brownwood schools, and parents and guests have been invited to participate in several of the activities.

The activities designed as an anti-drug abuse campaign throughout the United States will find students and teachers wearing red ribbons, if not red clothing, and holding pep rallies with the Brownwood High School Choices group. Special assemblies will bring in speakers to emphasize the importance of staying drug-free.

Red Ribbon Week is a time when schools bring attention to the problems of illegal drug use, underage drinking and underage smoking, with a goal of urging parents to start the discussion in their families concerning drinking, drugs and making healthy decisions, school officials said.

Here is a summary of some of the Red Ribbon Week activities at some schools, provided by the Brownwood administrative office:

Coggin Elementary School

Events are planned at 7:50 a.m. each day this week in the auditorium. Today, each student will receive a red ribbon and button, and students are urged to wear red. On Tuesday, Dr. Reece Blincoe, school superintendent, will speak, and students will wear their new Coggin T-shirts.

On Wednesday, Principal Todd Lewis will speak, and students may wear clothing that supports their favorite athletic team, as well as hat. On Thursday, Dr. Lisa Fowler of the Heart of Texas Internal Medicine will speak, and students will wear red, white and blue clothing. On Friday, the nation’s military men and women will be saluted, and S-Sgt. Michael Cummings will be the speaker. Students may wear camouflage clothing.

Parents and guests are invited to each assembly.

Brownwood Intermediate School

The theme for today at Brownwood Intermediate will be “Too Smart to Start” and students are urged to wear the shirt of their favorite college. On Tuesday, the theme is “I Elect to be Drug-Free,” and students will wear red, white and blue. At 9:40 a.m.,“candidates will speak to the campus and elections will be held.

On Wednesday, “Join the Fight Against Drugs” is the theme and students will wear camouflage. “Stay in the Game — Play Drug-Free” is Thursday’s theme, and students will wear shirts of their favorite sports team. On Friday, students will wear school colors of maroon and white for “Brownwood Lions Against Drugs and Underage Drinking and Smoking” day.

Brownwood Middle School

Each day will has a theme at middle school. Today is “Say No to Drugs” with students wearing red. Tuesday will be “Join the Fight Against Drugs” with students wearing camouflage. Wednesday will be crazy sock day for “Sock It to Drugs.” Thursday will be “Put a Cap on Drugs” with students allowed to wear caps, if they are willing to pay a $1 fine since it is not permitted by dress code. Proceeds will be donated to a charity. Friday will be spirit day with the theme “Team Up Against Drugs.”

Special prizes will be given out at Tuesday’s pep rally, and a mock election will be held with the phrase “I Elect to be Drug-Free.” Students will register to “vote” in the presidential race and put their name in for prizes.