“Not only did I want to send a message to our students for Red Ribbon Week to be drug free, but I also wanted them to tap into their sense of community by giving back,” Ivy said. “I felt that promoting social awareness would help our students develop a sense of courage to ‘Just Say No.’”
Each day during Red Ribbon Week, Escalona teachers, parents and students participated in coordinated activities that involved a donation service:
· Monday: “Wear Red” day – Staff and parents donated 34 pints of blood to Partners In Health. Students attended an assembly held by the La Mirada Public Safety Department.
· Tuesday: “Red, White and Blue” day – Students wrote more than 400 letters thanking U.S. servicemen and women for their bravery and service to the country.
· Wednesday: “Crazy Hair” day – Three student volunteers had their hair cut in front of TV cameras, joining six students and one teacher in donating their ponytails to Wigs for Kids.
· Thursday: “Crazy Sock” day – Students wore their craziest socks while donating 578 pairs of new socks to the Los Angeles Mission. They also attended an assembly on anti-bullying.
· Friday: Escalona’s Book Character Parade – Students dressed up as their favorite storybook characters. Costume winners were featured in a parade for parents and the community.
Escalona’s PTA holds multiple community service events throughout the year, including making cheer baskets for Escalona families during the holidays, raising funds to help children suffering from heart conditions and holding a change drive during College Week for Autism Speaks.
“Escalona PTA’s community involvement is an example of the work being done across the District,” NLMUSD Board President Karen Morrison said. “Thank you to all of Norwalk-La Mirada’s PTAs for supporting our schools, students and families.”