Weaver wins $500 for Red Ribbon Week
by Brian Anderson
banderson@annistonstar.com
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The Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention gave a $500 check to Weaver Elementary School on Tuesday. Photo by Bill Wilson.
The Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention gave a $500 check to Weaver Elementary School on Tuesday. Photo by Bill Wilson.
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WEAVER – Staying drug-free is its own reward, but Summer Davis doesn’t mind a little recognition and a nice check, too.

The Weaver Elementary School principal on Tuesday was awarded $500 by the Agency For Substance Abuse for the school’s participation in county-wide Red Ribbon Week activities in October. The elementary school won the contest for best decorations and best pep rally.

“We’re so excited,” Davis said after receiving the check. “The kids did such a great job, so we thought we’d probably win.”

The Agency For Substance Abuse Prevention is an Anniston-based nonprofit group providing services and information to keep kids away from drugs. Seyram Selase, the group’s executive director and an Anniston city councilman, said that during Red Ribbon Week the organization encourages schools in the community to participate by decorating the hallways and asking students to perform skits and wear red.

“We were blown away by Weaver’s pep rally,” Selase said. “It was just so creative.”

The pep rally involved students and faculty dancing to the hit song “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” by the Norwegian comedy group Ylvis. The students changed the words of the song to, “the Fox says no to drugs.” The pep rally also included speeches from Weaver High School athletes, who offered advice on how to avoid drugs.

While Weaver Elementary won first prize, the agency also gave $250 checks to Wellborn Elementary School and Alexandria Elementary School for their decorations, Selase said.

Davis said the money will go back into the school’s Red Ribbon Week fund to plan for next year’s activities. In the past, the school has released 700 red balloons with anti-drug messages on them, and this year they painted messages on signs leading up the driveway of the building.

According to the Office of Adolescent Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, adolescents in Alabama ranked above average in national rates of alcohol consumption and prescription drug abuse over the last five years.

Tawana Bonds, guidance counselor at Weaver Elementary, said she starts teaching students about the dangers of drug use as early as kindergarten, working on explaining the differences between good and bad medicines.

Staff writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.

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