On Monday, October 22nd, in Corona, CA, Susan B. Anthony Elementary School kicked off Red Ribbon Week with the support of local community members, civic officials, and a few special guests who came by to spend time with parents, students, and faculty. Red Ribbon Week is where the Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) seeks to raise awareness to the dangers of drugs, advocate abuse prevention, and even encourage intervention.
At Susan B. Anthony Elementary (SBA), Red Ribbon Week is observed by creating awareness through school spirit. Each day the students wore something to represent their stand against drug abuse. These daily themes included: don’t get tied up in drugs, sock it to drugs, put a cap on drugs, get smart about drugs, and being drug free is no sweat. For example, on “Being Drug Free is no Sweat”, the student wore athletic apparel to show spirit.
Tom Patane, principal of Susan B. Anthony, is constantly striving to give a little extra in all things at SBA. He has been involved at CNUSD for many years and is constantly bringing a wealth of opportunity to students. Santiago High School also participated in the kick-off of Red Ribbon Week by getting their cheerleaders, drum-line, and mascot involved.
SBA always appreciates and welcomes involvement from the community to show support for efforts in raising awareness. SBA actively enlists community figures to show children that truly care about the well-being of students and encourage a drug free life for them.
Ryan Busnardo, CEO of Premiere Motor Sports Group and The Hart and Huntington off Road Race Team, brought two extreme athletes with him to support Red Ribbon Week; Josh Merrell and Ryan Beat are drivers of the Lunarpages sponsored race trucks. These top rated racers are consistent on and off the race track and prove that by living their lives straight, clean, and sober. “As role models to kids and many young fans, we want to help share a positive message to the youth every chance we get,” stated Busnardo. “We want to show these kids that the fastest way to the winners circle is by living a life free of drug abuse.” Premiere Motor Sports Groups partners with Lunarpages in short course off road truck racing and both companies are local Corona businesses.
Lunarpages CEO, George Natzic also participated in the school event to show his support. Lunarpages is a local Internet solutions organization that puts the education of students at all levels, at a high importance. Additionally, the Mayor of Corona, Eugene Montanez makes time during his day to make a presence at the school. This event was a community effort, and SBA is grateful that so many local professionals have taken the time out of their day to help instill a positive and drug free message.