Be Drug Free Week celebrated at ACA


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Each year, Aucilla Christian Academy’s Parent and Teacher Organization organizes ACA’s Be Drug Free Week for elementary students with the following dress-up days: Follow Your Dreams, Not Drugs Day (wear pajamas), Too Bright for Drugs Day (wear neon), I “Mustache” You to Black-Out Drugs Day (wear black with mustaches), and Be Drug Free From Head to Toe (wear red). “All the teachers and classes come together each year and make this a really fun time for everyone,” said event organizer Michelle Green, ACA’s PTO president. “The kids make a banner in art class with their handprints and names painted in red that says ‘Together We Stand Drug Free’ that children hold while marching in their own drug-free parade across ACA’s campus. We hold a poster contest too. Our hope is that this event will make a lasting impression on their young lives and cause them to want to lead drug-free lives forever.” This year, Chastity McCarthy with the Jefferson County Health Department spoke with students about the harms of drugs and gave out goodie bags and coloring books full of information to take home and share with their parents. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department also gave a K-9 demonstration along with stickers, coloring books, crayons and pencils, and Winn Dixie donated water bottles. ACA’s PTO also gave students personalized “drug free” pencils, red suckers with labels that said, “Don’t be a sucker….just say no to drugs,” red mustaches and megaphones on the last day of the week to use in their parade and rally at Warrior Field. The elementary students were blessed to hear from two ACA Fellowship of Christian Athlete members, Gatlin Nennstiel and Emily Mueller, who are dedicated to living a drug-free lifestyle and who encouraged our elementary students at the rally on Friday,” said Green. “Following the rally, everyone in the little town of Aucilla could hear our students cheering and chanting drug-free messages with their megaphones as they paraded around campus. It truly was a wonderful week, and we know every ounce we take of prevention now, will make a huge difference in our children’s lives in the future.” The first, second and third place poster winners by grade were: K4 - Warren Barker, Walker Davis, Chloe Pitts; K5 - Kendall Perdue, Cadie Agner, Jacob Vickers; 1st - Lauren Davis, Leighton Faglie, Elizabeth Walker; 2nd - Hayden Ashworth, Emma Green, Jason Wheeler; 3rd - Bradynn Johnson, Lauchlin Faglie, Walker Sparkman; 4th - Anna Drawdy, Reagan Macy, Kaitlyn Tharpe; 5th - Tag Williams, Jacob Green, Megan Vann. Honorable mentions: 4th - Ali Townsend and 5th - Jenna Lindsey and Caitlin Bates.