Red Ribbon Week nets $1,700 for charity
Red Ribbon Week is taking place this week in Tonganoxie.
Tonganoxie Elementary School students are having dress-up days this week to celebrate.
Tuesday was Stay In The Game, Be Drug Free Day as students wore their favorite team shirt. Today is designated as ’60s day for Say Peace Out to Drugs Day in which students wear headbands, beads, tie-dye and the like. Thursday, students will be wearing camouflaged clothes for Mission Accomplished: Be Drug Free Day. And Friday, students will wear red for Red Ribbon Day.
Red Ribbon Day first was developed in Texas to educate students about the dangers of drug use and abuse. The program honors a drug enforcement agent who volunteered with young people in the community. He was killed in the line of duty. Red Ribbon Day has grown into a nationwide program.
Loose change big for students
Tonganoxie Elementary School students raised more than $1,700 the week of Oct. 12 for two charities.
Students brought loose change to school — pennies on Oct. 12, nickels on Oct. 13, dimes on Oct. 14, quarters on Oct. 15 and dollars on Oct. 16. Money was donated equally between the National Kidney Foundation and Autism Speaks.
Some teachers used the opportunity to count the money in class as a hands-on reinforcement activity.
Winning classes at each grade level had the opportunity to spend time with guidance dogs Bo and Chip. The dogs belong to TES counselor Connie Weltha.