Red Ribbon Week

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  1. cocobean

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    Do you participate during red ribbon week? (Crazy hair day, twin day, sports day, etc.)
    I do! I think it's fun, and my students seem to be more willing to participate if they know I will be too. Some teachers at my school don't dress up, which I think is a shame. Being silly is a perk of being an elementary teacher, imo.

    What's your favorite day during red ribbon week?
     
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    My favorites are the days I don't have to buy things to participate.
     
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    I hadn't even heard of red ribbon week until now!
     
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    My favorite days are Fridays... LOL
     
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    Yes, ours were pretty easy though.
    Wear red, sports shirt, crazy socks, college shirt, and story book dress up day.
    I always look forward to fun, silly days.
     
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    What is red ribbon week? I mean, I can tell from the posts that you dress up every day, but is there a purpose/reason? What does the red ribbon stand for? I've never heard of it!

    I've gotten to be more of a scrooge over the years, haha! I will participate in spirit days only if it's something easy and doesn't involve me purchasing something at all. I have gotten jaded about the fact that I am a professional with a masters degree and get paid so very little in comparison to the COL in my city. I'm not spending one cent on something school-related. I do love PJ day, and I'll do crazy hair day with just pigtails or something. For the Halloween parade I'm just going to draw a cat face on with eyeliner and make some ears with construction paper and a headband.
     
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    It's an anti-drug campaign. I hadn't heard of it either until about two years ago.
     
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    We do dress up days for Homecoming week, which is the week before Red Ribbon week, so we eliminated dressing up for Red Ribbon week because two weeks in a row was too much. I do usually participate in spirit week as long as I have the stuff. For example, we had camouflage day, and I skipped that one as I don't have any.
     
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    I hated Red Ribbon Week. It was just an excuse for the kids to act wild. They couldn't have cared less about the point of it.
     
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    I always dress up for spirit days. We don't do red ribbon week, but we do have spirit days once a month. Even now that I am itinerant, I try to participate if I know about the dress up theme ahead of time. I feel left out when walk into a building and everyone is in their pajamas and I'm not!
     
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    I try to remember to dress up for spirit days; most of our staff does. The only time I'll spend any amount of money is for Halloween (all of the staff tend to go all out for Halloween). I try to buy things that I can use again.
     
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    Our days were difficult this year, so I wasn't thrilled. In the past, we've had crazy socks, hats, sports, crazy dress/hair, etc. This year we had pajama day (I like that one), but we also had decades day, super hero day, western day, and pirate day. I HATE spending money on spirit days. This year I just bought $10 pajama pants at Walmart. I can use those, so it's ok. I refuse to buy something I won't wear in real life. It's pretty much the expectation at my school that all teachers dress up, so I did all the days except pirate day because we were having a grade level event and I used that as my excuse. I am basically the opposite of a hoarder by nature - I don't keep much extra "stuff" around - so things like this are difficult for me. I live in an apartment and don't have a garage, so storage space is at a premium. I use it for what I think is worth it. Christmas decorations - worth it, weird costumes - not worth it. I don't just have random costume pieces lying around like many of my coworkers do. I really do have coworkers who keep tubs of this stuff in their garage.

    I like spirit days to a point. We also have costumes on Monday. I just find 6 days of this in a row to be really tiresome. The kids are really off their game because naturally they believe anything out of the ordinary must mean no work is happening. Sigh.
     
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    When I was in the classroom I dressed up. Red Ribbon Week started out as an anti-drug awareness campaign. It has since transformed into an excuse to wear Halloween costumes at school (at least in my opinion/experience). We have teachers who go all out for dress up days. I know the kids really enjoy seeing them all dressed up.
     
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