Standing arms outstretched - the combined student bodies of Regal and Bemiss elementary schools made a two-mile-long human chain Friday - showing their neighborhood that together they stand against drugs.
The Washington State Substance Abuse Council called the human chain the most creative anti-drug demonstration by schools in the state.
The 1,400 students, parents and teachers called it a memory-making experience.
“This is something the kids will remember forever,” Regal principal Mike Crabtree said. “Twenty years from now they will think back on this human chain.”
The chain was the culmination of a month-long, anti-drug educational blitz by teachers and DARE officers. The hardest part of the two-hour exercise was getting the kids into a line. Teachers frantically herded clusters of students into formation.
“They reached but it was finger to finger,” said organizer Linda Bordwell, school nurse for both Bemiss and Regal.
Bemiss students stretched to fill the space from their front door to Shaw Middle School. Regal students picked up the duty at Shaw and easily spanned to their front door.
Students passed pizza-shaped posters bearing messages to each other.
“After all we’ve done today, who would want to to take drugs?” Bemiss fourth-grader Robert LaBloie asked.
“These kids will join each other at Shaw Middle School before long,” Bordwell said. “Then they will stay together at Rogers High School.”
The chain was symbolic of how these kids will have to stand together to avoid using drugs as they grow up, DARE officer Jim Hatch said.
Regal sixth-grader Eryn Krapko said having good, drug-free friends makes it easier for kids to avoid drug use.
Bemiss second-grader Nicole White said the chain was bringing the message of drug-free living to the neighborhood. As she was talking people in a passing car waved to show their support.
The art of good health
Art students at Garry Middle School recently made posters promoting Stroke Awareness Week for the Sunshine Stroke Association of Spokane.
Teacher Theresa Miller gave students the posters as an optional assignment and 15 seventh graders responded.
“I was surprised by the number of my kids who took this seriously and who knew about strokes,” Miller said.
Seventh-grader C.J. Worley turned the poster into a work of art with his felt pen drawing a Superman in the middle of a city street.
Schools win equipment
Five North Side schools won playground equipment because of the large numbers of their students who ran in Junior Bloomsday.
The schools were Shiloh Hills, Woodridge, Ridgeview, Lidgerwood and Balboa elementary schools.
The donations from area sports shops were valued at $600 each and included 12 basketballs, 12 soccer balls, 12 softballs and four baseball bats.Bake sale for bomb victimsThe sixth grade at Deer Park’s Arcadia Elementary School raised $260 Friday to benefit Oklahoma City bombing victims.The money came from a lunchtime bake sale. Excell grocery store in Deer Park donated day-old baked goods and students brought their own home-baked treats.
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