Mexico High School's Red Ribbon Week

Mexico High School received hundreds of pledges to raise prevention awareness for drug use, distracted driving and other key issues during the annual Red Ribbon Week.

Organized by the school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) organization, Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, drug and violence prevention initiative designed to allow students to discuss important issues with one another.

“The most important part of the week is that kids are raising awareness to other kids,” said teacher and SADD advisor Allison LaVerne. “They hear these things from adults all the time. It’s different for a peer to talk to a fellow peer.”

According to LaVerne, students understand each other’s struggles and sometimes go through those struggles together. She said Red Ribbon Week is about creating dialogue with others about making better choices.

“We can only hope the dialogue continues once this week is over,” said LaVerne. “And that peers will encourage peers to stop and think about their choices, especially when they are unhealthy.”

LaVerne said she is incredibly proud of the SADD student participates for facilitating the discussions, especially considering how many of the topics are thought of as “taboo.”

“They want what is best for their classmates. My heart bursts for them and the positive message they are sending to others,” LaVerne said. “When you do good, you feel good, and they are doing so much good.”