Students from Gribbin School in Glen Cove joined students in the district and across the country in observing Red Ribbon Week. This year’s theme was “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.” The staff and students participated in a variety of activities that promoted a healthy lifestyle.

The week kicked off with a Red Ribbon Assembly, which included a visit from two Glen Cove police officers, who spoke to students about making good choices and staying healthy. Students were also invited to wear red along with the staff to show support for the schools commitment to healthy and drug free students. Other activities included students wearing pajamas to show their promise to stay healthy and help future dreams come true, wearing their favorite hats, for “Hats off to a Drug Free Life Day” and wearing tie dye and peace signs for “Peace Out to Unhealthy Choices.”

A highlight of the week included a visit from members of Glen Cove High School’s Student Athlete Leadership Team (S.A.L.T.) program. The high school students paired up and visited classrooms throughout the building, speaking to students about making safe and healthy choices.

According to S.A.L.T. member Caitlin Brown, the group discussions focused on safety, the importance of getting the appropriate amount of sleep, exercise and sportsmanship.

“Meeting with the students while they are at such a young age is extremely important because we can maybe prevent them from developing unhealthy behaviors and habits,” Brown said. “We just want them to be safe and make good choices.”

Gribbin School Social Worker Kristin Brosnan organized the Red Ribbon Week activities and said having the S.A.L.T students visit, gives the children attending Gribbin a chance to hear from positive role models, who they are familiar with.

“These are young people they look up to. They see them playing sports in the community and to our children it’s almost as if they’re famous,” Brosnan said.