Schools observe Red Ribbon Week

Wednesday, October 27, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:02 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Hickman and Rock Bridge High Schools are currently observing Red Ribbon “Reality” Week.

The two schools boast programs all week that encourage responsible behavior, especially among teenagers.

Today at Rock Bridge, the school’s reality message will be about the problems of drunk driving.

The school will have a drunk-driving simulator using blurred goggles to impair vision and golf carts representing cars. A police officer will then “arrest” the students and explain to them what will happen after a real arrest.

On Thursday at Hickman, there will be a seat belt challenge encouraging students to buckle up when driving. They will also hold a “Hugs not Drugs” toy drive for the children at Columbia’s McCambridge Center, a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation center for women and children.

The two schools will join together for a football game on Friday at Faurot Field for a balloon launch, where 233 white balloons, representing the total number of drug/alcohol related deaths in Boone County last year, and 44 red balloons, for the number of teens who died last year, will be let go.

For more information, contact Maria McMahonoh at Hickman at 214-3008 or Melissa Melahn at Rock Bridge at 214-3111.

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