Yellow Ribbon Week in the Glendale Unified School District is Violence Prevention Week. It takes place the week beginning with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday commemoration in January every year. This school year it will be the week of January 17-20, 2017. This annual recognition supports our Safe and Drug Free Schools message that our schools must be safe havens for our students to excel and develop skills for a successful future. Yellow Ribbon Week not only raises awareness about keeping California’s schools safe and violence free, but also honors the victims of school violence and reminds us to do all in our power to ensure that these senseless tragedies never happen again. Our students and schools participate in activities throughout this week in partnership with Dignity Health/Glendale Memorial Hospital and The Great Kindness Challenge.
The highlight and centerpiece of our Yellow Ribbon Week is our participation in The Great Kindness Challenge. Because of the active participation of our students and schools the GUSD is recognized as a Kindness Certified School District proudly displaying the Kindness Certified School District Seal on our website as our own GUSD logo is placed on the Great Kindness Challenge website in recognition of our districtwide kindness campaign. The Great Kindness Challenge is a proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that improves school climate and increases student engagement. The Great Kindness Challenge is devoted to our students performing as many acts of kindness as possible. Using the provided checklist of 50 kind acts, students accept the challenge and show the world that KINDNESS MATTERS! The 50 kind acts are to be accomplished on campus. The students are encouraged to continue sharing their kindness at home, in their communities, and in our world. All kids deserve to learn in a safe, supportive, and dynamic environment. The Great Kindness Challenge provides a powerful tool that actively engages students, teachers, administration, families, and community in creating a school culture of acceptance, tolerance, unity, and respect.
ACTS OF KINDNESS CHECKLIST
Simply put, in the Glendale Unified School District we believe that KINDNESS is strength and has the power to change the world for GOOD!
Red Ribbon is a national anti-drug program that continues to be recognized and celebrated by Glendale Unified School District. The practice of wearing red wristlets is a symbol by staff and students pledging their support for a drug-free lifestyle.
Since its beginning in 1985 the annual National Red Ribbon campaign has served as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Red Ribbon Week continues to be recognized and celebrated by the Glendale Unified School District. The Red Ribbon Campaign was initiated as a result of an incident in 1985 when DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, a dedicated undercover officer in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, was slain. Before joining the DEA Camarena told his mother, “I’m only one person, but I want to make a difference.” In the true spirit of Camarena’s belief that one person can make a difference in the fight against drugs, the Glendale Unified School District supports this voluntary activity in our schools.
The District joined with the Glendale Parent Teacher Association (PTA) in promoting the Red Ribbon Week activities during October 24-28, 2016 with the theme, “You Only Live Once. Be Drug Free.” This theme was reinforced by school site and classroom activities and lessons asking students to engage the 4C’s of 21st Century Teaching and Learning toward identifying “Better Things To Do Than Drugs.” Our campuses are safe and drug-free environments where students focus on their educational goals and build positive and life-long healthy habits. The Safe and Drug Free Schools (SDFS) and Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Advisory Committee, recommends both prevention activities and intervention strategies appropriate to each age level.
The PTA, as a member of the SDFS/TUPE Advisory Committee and in partnership with the school sites, assists with Red Ribbon Week activities and the purchase of Red Ribbon Week-themed pencils and stickers for students and staff. Schools without a PTA are supported by the SDFS program and receive the pencils and stickers as well.
Other member agencies of the SDFS/TUPE Committee that support this and similar activities include the Glendale Police Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department, the American Cancer Society, CV Alliance, and the City of Glendale Neighborhood Services.
There are eight SDFS/TUPE Advisory Committee Meetings scheduled during the school year at which information and resources are identified by the respective agencies in a collaborative effort to support schools.
Various PTA-sponsored activities at the schools may include assemblies, essay contests, and daily themes for students to show school spirit.This year, in celebration of Red Ribbon Week, there was a presentation on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM at Rosemont Middle School (4725 Rosemont Avenue, La Crescenta, CA 91214). Parents and teens were invited for an in-depth conversation with community professionals from the Glendale Unified School District, Glendale Police Department and Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. Topics included local statistics about substance use among our youth; current drug trends and accessibility; consequences of underage substance use; communication strategies for families; and local resources.
The Glendale Unified School District has received notice from the California Department of Education, Coordinated School Health and Safety Office, that it has been awarded $706,644 to implement the Tobacco Use Prevention Education Program, Grades 6-12, for students at all nine participating secondary schools. There is no match requirement for this grant but the District is required to conduct the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) within the first year of the grant period and every other year for as long as the district continues to be funded.
The Tobacco Use Prevention Education Program Grant will allow each school represented in the application to continue using its research validated tobacco use prevention program(s), or to modify a program with a science-based program for the general student population, supplemented with research-based activities and innovative programs. Programs in this category must also continue and/or modify their intervention and cessation programs for current smokers and other targeted student populations with science-based programs.
The California Department of Education’s focus within the Coordinated School Health and Safety Office (CSHSO) is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to enable them to be tobacco-free. Comprehensive evidence-based tobacco-use prevention, youth development, intervention, and cessation programs are an important part of this effort and an effective strategy against four of the five leading causes of death in California: heart disease, cancer, chronic obstructive lung disease, and fires caused by smoking.
Glendale Unified School District's award will address tobacco-use prevention, youth development, intervention and cessation programs by supporting funding of a Tobacco Use Prevention Education Coordinator at each participating high school, who will be responsible for coordinating the TUPE activities including tobacco cessation groups. The Grant will also support TUPE site coordinators at the middle schools who will implement Project ABCD, an innovative TUPE Program, and other youth development activities to support Tobacco Use Prevention Education at the middle schools.
This grant will be funded up to 36 months, starting July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016, contingent upon demonstration of substantial progress each year toward meeting project goals and objectives and the availability of appropriations.