Bensalem Township School District is participating in the National Red Ribbon Week Campaign, October 21-31. The red ribbon has become a national symbol signifying an awareness of the dangers of illicit drugs and a commitment to a drug-free lifestyle.
For the past 27 years Bensalem Township School District has celebrated Red Ribbon Week. The schools recognize the week to encourage personal and public support of drug-free living and to acknowledge the many problems drugs and alcohol cause in society.
Belmont Hills Elementary ~ 5000 Neshaminy Boulevard
All Week: Fifth-grade posters for the 17th Annual Attorney General Drug Free Calendar Contest will be posted in hallways.
Oct. 28 – Everyone Wear Red! Fire Prevention Assembly will honor first responders.
Oct. 29 – “Sock it” to Drugs - Wear your craziest socks to school!
Oct. 30 – Pledge Day – Mrs. Foote’s music class will lead the school in singing
“I Will Dare” during morning announcements; All students will sign Belmont’s school pledge banner
Oct. 31 – Happy Safe Halloween – Red Ribbon promotions will be given out during parade route; Healthy Walk/Halloween Parade
Cornwells Elementary ~ 2215 Hulmeville Road
The sixth-grade COUGAR Council and guidance counselor Mrs. Dugan will visit all grade levels throughout the week. Story time with Mrs. Dugan will also take place daily.
Oct. 21 – Ribbons are RED, Grit is GREEN, When I Say I “CAN’T,” What I really mean is – I Need to try it again, until I “CAN” - Wear RED!
Oct. 22 – Pink and Black, I’ve Got Your Back. We ALL work together to STOP bullying.
Wear PINK and BLACK.
Oct. 23 – GRIT; G for GOAL; R for Rework the Steps; I for I Will Succeed; T for Try Again – Wear GREEN for Grit.
Oct. 24 – Grit makes us Cougar Tough against BULLYING, SMOKING, ALCOHOL and DRUGS.
Wear COUGAR BLUE AND WHITE
9:30 AM – Assembly to watch the Red Ribbon Week video production by OTN starring the Cornwells Cougars! All students will be given a red ribbon to wear to the assembly.
Oct. 25 – Celebrating “YOU,” the Cornwells “STARS” – “S” = Stay away from smoking, alcohol and drugs; “T” = Talking instead of fighting; “A” = Asking for help; “R” = Reworking the steps to build GRIT; “S” = STOP bullying. Wear BRIGHT COLORS
Cornwells poster winners announced and awarded a prize - All winner’s posters will be submitted to the PA Liquor Control Board for their Poster Contest.
Samuel K. Faust Elementary ~ 2901 Bellview Drive
Oct. 21: WEAR RED DAY to show your support for a drug free school
Oct. 22: TEAM UP AGAINST DRUGS DAY – Wear your favorite jersey or team shirt to show your support for engaging in positive recreational activities. Assemblies with DEA agents will be held from 9:20 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. for grades 4-6 and 10:15-11 a.m. for grades K-3.
Oct. 23: SOCK IT TO DRUGS DAY – Wear your crazy socks to take steps against drugs
Oct. 24: LINK UP AGAINST DRUGS – All students and staff will sign their name to a strip of paper as a pledge to be drug free. All of the links will then be connected and displayed at Faust.
Oct. 25: SPIRIT DAY – Wear your Faust shirts and school colors
CHOOSE TO SWIM INTO GOOD CHOICES, NOT SINK INTO DRUGS: Throughout the week during lunches students will be able to pay 10 cents to guess how many Swedish fish are in a container; the student who guesses the closest will win the entire jar. If more than one student guesses correctly, the Swedish fish will be divided among the winners.
Benjamin Rush Elementary ~ 3400 Hulmeville Road
Throughout the week there will be daily announcements about Red Ribbon Week and being drug free. Students will pledge to be drug-free by signing the Red Ribbon Banner.
Oct. 21: The Future is Bright and Drug Free – Wear Bright/Neon Colored Clothes
Oct. 22: Sock it up to Drugs – Wear crazy socks!
Oct. 23: Being Drug Free is No Sweat – Wear athletic clothing
Oct. 24: Put a Cap on Drugs – Wear a Hat
Oct. 25: Turn Your Back on Drugs – Wear Red
Russell C. Struble Elementary ~ 4300 Bensalem Boulevard
Each student will receive a “dog tag” with the message…Believe, Achieve, Succeed Drug Free
Oct. 23 – Wear Red and Pledge to be Drug Free at lunch
Oct. 29 – “I have better things to do than drugs” – Dress up and show everyone what you choose to spend your time doing instead of drugs.
Valley Elementary ~ 3100 Donallen Drive, Bensalem
Oct. 21 - Decoration Day ~ The sixth-grade committee helps decorate the school
Oct. 22 - Pledge Day ~ Students take the pledge and sign a pre-made large red ribbon
Oct. 23 - DEA agents speak with fifth- and sixth-grades students, 9:15 a.m.
Oct. 24 - I have better things to do than Drugs (wear a shirt or outfit representing something better to do than drugs i.e.-sports team, camp shirt, etc).
Oct. 25 - Guess the number of Red Swedish Fish
Robert K. Shafer Middle School ~ 3333 Hulmeville Road
Oct. 25 – 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. DEA agent assemblies
Oct. 28 – Students bring in canned goods – “Can the Drugs”; Lunches – Pledge Board signing
Oct. 29 – Crazy Sock Day – “Sock it to Drugs”; Drug Awareness Program with local stories and statistics presented by the Philadelphia Police Dept for eighth-graders only, 9 a.m.
Oct. 30 – Hat Day – “Put a cap on drug abuse”
Oct. 31 – Lunches: Halloween Costume Contest – “Don’t hide behind drugs”; Afternoon – Wrap-up assembly
Cecelia Snyder Middle School ~ 3330 Hulmeville Road ~ Keeping Students Drug Free.
A true/false drug fact will be read each morning on Snyder Network News SNN.
Oct. 21 - Principal/community leader will speak to students during the SNN broadcast, giving a brief explanation about Red Ribbon Week and how it started. Each homeroom will receive a Red Ribbon pledge poster. Students will sign it pledging to be drug-free. Homeroom teachers will distribute Red Ribbon pencils.
Oct. 22 - Headband Day – “Let’s band together against drugs.” Homeroom teachers distribute stickers.
Oct. 23 - Red Shirt Day. True/false drug fact read on SNN. 9 a.m. – Head’s Up program for eighth-grade students in the Owl’s Nest. Homeroom teachers distribute bookmarks. STAR Team video on SNN.
Thursday, 10/24 - Red Hat/Accessory Day. True/False drug fact read on SNN. DEA agent speaks to seventh-grade students in the Owl’s Nest at 9 a.m.
Oct. 25 - Principal/community leader will address students on SNN. Wear Red Day.
Bensalem High School ~ 4319 Hulmeville RoadA DEA agent is coming to Bensalem High School on Oct. 21 to speak with students from 8:15 a.m. through 1:30 p.m. The SGA and SADD groups will be jointly decorating the hallway outside of the principal's office to bring awareness to the week and the cause.