In addition to their studies and extracurricular activities, William Floyd Middle School students have been focusing on making healthy choices and treating others with respect. In October, students schoolwide wore blue shirts for “World Day of Bullying Prevention,” which signifies the importance of National Bully Prevention Month and putting an end to bullying. Students also signed pledge cards identifying their desire to put an end to bullying and stand up for others.
Later on in the month, students participated in “Red Ribbon Week” (RRW), a national drug prevention program designed to raise awareness about the harm that alcohol, tobacco and drugs causes to themselves and others.
Under the guidance of school counselors Amanda Dubinsky and Gene Gersbeck, students established a display in the lobby explaining the history of RRW, which included a “Wall of Lost Talent” to portray celebrities who have lost their lives to drugs or alcohol. Drug free fliers were placed around the school and at each classroom to remind students of the importance of RRW. Red ribbons were prominently displayed on trees outside the school for all to see. Students also signed a pledge to remain drug free during their lunch periods. Students also experienced themed days such as “Sock It” to drugs day, in which students and staff wore crazy socks to school; and “I Can” day representing an opportunity for students and staff to bring in a can of food to donate to the school food pantry.