Ferri students make positive choices with Red Ribbon Week


Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School’s Above The Influence (ATI) group recently held a “Red Ribbon Week” in an effort to unite students and encourage them to make positive choices. 

Funded by the Johnston Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and advised by sixth-grade teacher Carolyn Carnevale, the program teaches students how to stand up to negative influences and pressures. “Your future is Key so Stay Drug Free” was the message on the first day, in which students were encouraged to dress for their dream job.

The following day, students wore their favorite sports apparel to “Team Up Against Drugs.” Everyone was decked out in red on “Red Ribbon Day” to show that they are drug free. Students and teachers then dressed in 1950s, ’60s and ’70s attire to demonstrate that “Drugs Are Old School.” And they concluded the week with a “Pink Out.”

Attached are several photos from the weeklong event. Sixth-grade teacher and Above The Influence advisor Carolyn Carnevale poses for a picture with many of the students in the ATI Group, along with the pumpkins they painted for the Red Pumpkin Project to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving.

ATI photos (Submitted)


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