Life Skills/Pressing Issues
Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Mind if I Don't Smoke?
* Mind if I don't smoke? Students consider that not
smoking is the truly respectful thing to do for themselves and those around them.
Key Ideas: Smoking - Health
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Caring
Note: This broadcast message and lesson plan also work well for the annual Great American Smokeout.
"I love your work and use it regularly to support the safe and drug free schools program. Your messages are always short, to the point, and frequently provide a motivational quote that drives the point home."
Wendy, High School Teacher - California
Red Ribbon Week: The Courage to Say No
* Just saying "no" isn't always easy, even when we know it's what we should say. It can take courage
to say "no" to drugs, and the best place to get a little courage is from a "wise encourager."
Students explore the concept of courage and how encouragement literally means "to give courage to."
Key Ideas: Having the courage to say no to illegal drugs - Finding encouragement to say no
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Courage
Red Ribbon Week: Keeping It Real
* For people who are recovering from drug and alcohol abuse,
the expression "keeping it real" means getting real about their substance abuse and the impact it is
having on themselves and others. Students consider the importance of being honest with themselves about the implications
and dangers of illegal drug use.
Key Ideas: Drug and alcohol use - Getting honest about the seriousness of substance abuse
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Honesty
Red Ribbon Week: Additional Broadcast Messages
How It Started *
Not Too Smart *
What’s Really Cool *
* Materials with an asterisk (*) relate to Drug and Alcohol Abuse
and are also related to Red Ribbon Week. These same materials can
be found under Calendar Events | October | Red Ribbon Week.
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