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Alyssa Alfano

The Gazette

BRUNSWICK — Red Ribbon Week concluded Friday with a pizza celebration at Brunswick High School for fifth-grade students who learned all about being drug and alcohol-free.

Students in the Brunswick High School HUDDLE (Helping Us Develop Dedication, Leadership, and Enthusiasm) group, who taught fifthgraders about drug and alcohol prevention, also showed up to eat lunch with the winners of this year’s essay contest.

“I really like working with younger kids and I think they are fun to hang out with and get to know and talk to,” said Isidora Djukic, a 10th-grade HUDDLE leader.

Fifth-grade students at each of the seven elementary schools wrote essays. This year’s theme was “life is your journey, travel drug free.”

Teacher Deb Marshall said the district holds the contest each year and teachers can pick the five essays that they think deserve recognition. The five winners from each school then get to celebrate with their principals at a pizza luncheon at the high school.

“We’re about not doing drugs,” said fifth-grader Reese Damron.

“I wrote mine about being drug free and gave a lot of reasons why you should be,” added fellow Walter Kidder Elementary School student Izzy Clemons. “I gave a lot of examples of, like, how much money it costs, what it does to your health and who it can affect and how it can affect you.”

HUDDLE leaders gave the fifth-graders tours of the high school, showing the young students the Performing Arts Center, gym and choir room.

“I think it’s important to teach kids at a younger age to not get involved in bad things,” said senior Amanda Pizon.

Senior and HUDDLE member Lauren Jenkins added, “I wanted to be that kind of role model or that kind of force in a kid’s life.”

Students said that the spirit days — crazy hat day, camera day, and red shirt day — celebrated all week were their favorite part of Red Ribbon Week .

“We have a spirit week, so all of the kids participate in spirit week,” said Bonnie Kubec, principal of Kidder Elementary.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano

at (330) 721-4063 or

aalfano@medina-gazette.com.

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