2017-11-02 / News

Students learn about careers during Red Ribbon Week


Washington-Wilkes Primary School students who participated in the Red Ribbon Week drawing contest were (front row, l-r) Addie Armour, Xander Borque, Alaina Wolfe, (second row) Leeasia Barksdale, Andrea Ferguson, Rosie White, Jim Hibbler, Davis Johnston, (third row) A’Myrah Turner, Daylen Davis, Chase Elam, (back) Lexi Moon, Sabrina Booker, and Danilyn Wright. Washington-Wilkes Primary School students who participated in the Red Ribbon Week drawing contest were (front row, l-r) Addie Armour, Xander Borque, Alaina Wolfe, (second row) Leeasia Barksdale, Andrea Ferguson, Rosie White, Jim Hibbler, Davis Johnston, (third row) A’Myrah Turner, Daylen Davis, Chase Elam, (back) Lexi Moon, Sabrina Booker, and Danilyn Wright. Leading up to Red Ribbon Week, October 23-27, students at Washington Wilkes Primary School studied different careers in lab and Classroom Guidance. The Career Curriculum was a perfect tie-in to Red Ribbon Week, during which students learn that if you say “No!” to Drugs, you say “Yes!” to your future career.

Various activities throughout Red Ribbon Week emphasized the con- nection between careers and drugs.

First, students at W-WPS participated in a drawing contest in which they drew pictures of themselves in their future careers living drug-free lives. “The pictures were really great this year, with a wider variety of careers,” school counselor Tiffany Atkins said. Winners were selected from each grade and were announced at the end of the week.

The winners were Alaina Wolfe as an artist, kindergarten; Jim Hibbler as a scientist, first grade; A’Myrah Turner as an eye doctor, second grade; and Sabrina Booker as an animator, third grade.

Also, Officer Philiph Perkins from the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office and the paramedics from Wilkes County EMS, spoke to the children about their careers and the dangers of using drugs.

They all spoke about how they like a career that helps people. One way they help people is by teaching kids the effects drugs and alcohol can have on your body, your life, and your career. The students also enjoyed dress-up days, which included a day when they dressed as they would in their future careers.

The week ended with the annual Career Fair on Friday. Members of the community visited W-WPS to talk and show third grade students about their careers. The careers that were represented at the Career Fair included a nurse by La’Keshia Jones, a lawyer by Bill DoupĂ©, a cosmetologist by Jawana Jones, a jeweler by Lacey Fincher, a business owner by Jennifer Bond, a chef by John Wylie, an electrician by Paul Wright, a teacher/coach/ professional athlete by Terrence Pendleton, and a truck driver by Greg Rogers.

The third graders really enjoyed talking to the community members and finding out more about each career.

“Red Ribbon Week was a fun opportunity for students to learn about how drugs can stop them from reaching their dreams, including their career goal,” Atkins said.

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