The theme this year was, “Flourish: Make a Difference in your Life and the Life of Others.”
“Throughout Red Ribbon Week, we emphasize the importance of teens making positive and healthy decisions for themselves,” said Angelika Rupp, School Counselor. “Student members of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), our counselors, and many faculty volunteers planned an exciting line up of educational and fun activities for all students.”
Some activities included making blankets and collecting donations for Advocate Hospice, visiting with therapy dogs from the Naperville Human Society, MixItUp lunches - encouraging students to sit and eat with new friends, yoga, vaping awareness, fun with art, a movie, writing thank you notes, and making friendship blankets.
Vickie Lo, Business Development Product Manager with Advocate Aurora Health said, “With winter approaching, our hospice volunteer coordinator mentioned she was looking for some groups to tie the fleece blankets we provide to our patients. I mentioned the idea to our daughter Emily. She talked to Mrs. Rupp, and the two of them planned an event beyond my imagination! On Monday after school, 75 students filled the [St. Francis High School] cafeteria to tie piles of fleece blankets…They chatted, laughed, visited with other tables – and at the end of the activity period – completed 50 blankets.” Earlier that day, $105 was collected through a cookie decorating activity, and was also donated to the hospice program.
The numbers of students participating in the week’s events were so encouraging in response to the event’s “flourish” theme. More than 100 students came out to interact to meet with the therapy
dogs, 150 students wrote thank you notes to someone that had positively impacted their lives, countless students learned more about the health risks associated with vaping, and many more students participated in the various other activities throughout the week.
“It has been amazing to see how our students got involved in this week’s activities,” said Rupp. “And, it has been amazing to see that our message, to make healthy decisions for themselves, has been so well received by our students. This was a huge team effort and the 110 student members of SADD truly stepped up to make a positive difference in our school community.”
“I read about the good deeds our students do all the time,” said Lo. “This time, I can’t tell you how truly blessed I feel to be the recipient.”