Castlio Elementary Walks Away from Drugs and Alcohol

Posted on 11/13/2019
The Castlio community participate in walkout

As part of Red Ribbon Week this year, Castlio Elementary students, teachers, and staff participated in a school walkout. After spending the week learning about the importance of staying drug-free, the students had a chance to “walkout and walk away from drugs and alcohol.”

Castlio student gives the school mascot a high five

Throughout the week, students engaged in a variety of activities and lessons that promoted both physical and mental health. Each day, they watched a video featuring various members of the Castlio community, including Mr. Scholle and START Officer Andrea Carver. The videos covered topics including bullying, peer pressure, and more. “I think it’s important that the kids know about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and how to stay away from them,” shared Assistant Principal Kathryn Fazio.

To promote healthy minds and bodies, specials teachers planned Red Ribbon Week activities for the students. In P.E. and music classes, the students “jumped away and shook off drugs” through different jumping and GoNoodle exercises.  In art class, the students used their creativity to design cards of hope and well wishes for those who struggle with addiction.

Castlio students attend walkout in red outfitsThe recess monitors even got in the spirit and put together a dance party for the students each day to keep them active. On the last day of Red Ribbon week, Sodexo served a menu full of red food, including spaghetti, pepperoni pizza, cherries, apples, and more.

Other activities from the week included a door decorating contest, themed dress-up days, and many, many giveaways. Businesses from around the area supported the event with donations. Those funds were used to purchase books from the Scholastic book fair for each of the students who won the door decorating contest.

Cottleville firefighter hands out a giveaway to a studentWhile the week was full of activities, the walkout was certainly the highlight. The school invited the Cottleville Fire Department and the St. Charles County Ambulance District to attend the event and support the students as they celebrated staying drug-free. The FHC drumline also attended the event and led the students in cheers. “We wanted to remind students that we are all here for them, and this is a unified effort to walk out against drugs,” said event organizer Kelly Wippler.

After a week of dancing, crazy outfits, and free giveaways, the students were full of excitement. This “natural high” they experienced reminded them that staying drug-free is not only the best choice, but it can also be a lot of fun!

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