Contestants in the farthest category launch their airplanes during Wednesday’s “Drugs Don’t Fly at Bonnie Brennan” contest.
Red Ribbon week began in California and honors the memory of Enrique “KiKi” Camarena, an undercover US Drug Enforcement Agent who was killed in the line of duty in 1985 while he was investigating drug trafficers. At that time, angry parent groups and others began wearing Red Ribbons to take a public stand against illegal use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
Monday was “Red Ribbon Day.” Teachers, students and faculty were given a red ribbon to wear, signifying they are drug free.
Tuesday was “Let’s Give Drugs the Slip Day.” Everyone was encouraged to wear their slippers to school that day.
Wednesday was “Drugs Don’t Fly at Bonnie Brennan Day.” The day’s activities included a paper airplane throwing contest.
Each student made a paper airplane and each class sent representatives to the final round to throw for the championship. There were five categories students could participate in. They were farthest (the plane that traveled the greatest distance), smallest (the smallest plane able to fly at least three feet), largest (the largest plane able to fly at least six feet), craziest flight (the most tricks in flight), and fanciest flyer (original/creative looking plane which can fly at least three feet).
Each category awarded prizes in three different age categories, kindergarten through second grade, third and fourth grade, and fifth and six grade.
In the craziest category, first grader Alicia Chen, third grader Kristina Mangus and sixth grader Trenton Ervien took first place in their respective age categories.
In the farthest category, first grader Jonathan Bach, third grader Sharmayne Thomas and sixth grader Patrick Herrera took first place in their age categories.
In the largest category, first grader Julian Avelar, third grader Emmett Foster and fifth grader Ariel Ewbank took top honors.
In the fanciest categoty, second grader Ashley Carr, fourth grader Richie Avelar and sixth graders Jane Soehner and Amber Garner all took first place.
In the smallest category, second grader Emily Woods, third grader Danielle Neve and sixth grader Sean Pugh walked away with first place.
The planes could only consist of paper, scissors, glue, tape and paper clips and judges checked each plane before they were launched.
On Thursday, which was “Slam Dunk…Drugs Are Junk Day,” a basketball game, putting the faculty against sixth graders was held. The students won the game, 26 -24.
Friday was “Don’t Be Tricked…Drugs Are No Treat Day.” Students, teachers and faculty were invited to attend school that day in their Halloween Costumes.
Bonnie Brennan Principal Diane Koch said, “We hoped to instill in our students the idea that illegal drugs are dangerous and they destroy lives... period. And whether you take them or sell them, you will pay a price sooner or later.”
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