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October 23, 2008
Mary O'Keefe This week elementary school students throughout La Cañada were wearing red in recognition of Red Ribbon Week. The week is a time schools focus on making healthy choices. All elementary schools came up with creative and fun ways to help kids deal with a very serious issue. Students wore clothes backwards, to “turn their back on drugs” and crazy socks to “sock it to drugs.” La Cañada High School and 7/8 recognized Red Ribbon last week. Principal Damon Dragos said they chose to do this a week early before Homecoming.
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By Mary O’Keefe | October 25, 2007
Red ribbons can be seen tied onto trees, fences and signs all around La Cañada this week and every child in public school knows what that signals; “Red Ribbon Week.” “They teach you that there is no point in doing [drugs],” said Douglass Paine, third grader at La Cañada Elementary School, “because what is the point in doing them?” Paine and his fellow students in teacher Mary Linda Vandevelde’s classroom had participated in a Kites for Kids assembly early Monday morning.
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November 4, 2004
Students at Paradise Canyon Elementary recently celebrated Red Ribbon Week with many activities designed to help the children stay drug free, such as "Hugs Not Drugs" day (bring a favorite stuffed animal) and "Tied to Good Health" day (wear a crazy tie). With this being an election year, the theme for the week was to "Elect to Be Drug Free." Students donned red bracelets, put ribbons on their backpacks, signed a classroom pledge and school banner, as well as signed ribbons to send to Washington D.C. as a sign of unity and concern for others.
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By Carol Cormaci, carol.cormaci@latimes.com | October 26, 2011
The dangers of drug and substance abuse are being highlighted this week on the La Cañada High School campus, where the Student PTA is sponsoring a wide range of activities. LCHS students this week have decorated the campus with red ribbons, received red bracelets and taken a pledge to remain drug-free. By the end of this week they will have had the opportunity to view a wrecked car; listen to inspirational speaker Daniel Puder, Ultimate Fighter, WWE wrestler and the author of “My Life, My Power”; and witness a sheriff's deputy simulate drunk driving on an obstacle course, among other activities.
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By Mary O’Keefe Valley Sun | October 30, 2008
The first Spirit Rally at La Cañada Elementary School highlighted the end to Red Ribbon Week. Although it was the end of the week, it was obvious by the students? excitement and determination that they understood the importance of staying drug free. Red Ribbon Week is a national recognized program that highlights healthy choices for students. Schools have several events throughout the week to let students know how to make healthy choices and to stay drug-free. The student counsel prepared a skit that entertained the student body but also taught them a lesson.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | October 7, 2010
Nearly every La Cañada High School student wore a red wristband this week that said, "I choose to be drug-free. " The wristbands were handed out to every LCHS student as part of Red Ribbon Week, which was organized by La Cañada High's Parent Teacher Student Association. The Red Ribbon Campaign, a national event first adopted by the state PTA in 1986, calls parents, students and teachers to action and attempts to present a visible commitment towards the creation of a drug-free America.
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By Mary O'Keefe | November 10, 2005
Crescenta Valley High School students have created a brick wall of negative effects from drug and alcohol abuse. Although the red bricks are made of paper, the experiences expressed are concrete negative effects of abuse. The brick wall is Project Success and Red Ribbon Week activity. "I know we are late for Red Ribbon," said Kathleen Keck, Project Success councilor for CVHS. She states that the project began during Red Ribbon Week, which was last Oct. 23 through 31, but drug and alcohol programs continue throughout the year.
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October 27, 2005
by Mary O'Keefe Red ribbons have lined local elementary and high schools for two weeks. They are there because 20 years ago Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was tortured and killed in Mexico while investigating a drug cartel. It is in his memory - and his belief that one person can make a difference - that families, communities, schools and the PTA have supported the Red Ribbon Week philosophy. La Cañada elementary schools recognized the week from Oct. 17 through 21 while La Cañada High School and Glendale Unified School District schools observed Red Ribbon Week Oct. 24 through Oct. 28. Residents in the western area of La Cañada attend GUSD schools.
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By Kaitzer Puglia | August 31, 2006
In preparation for the upcoming school year, I am awed by the historical importance of La Canada Elementary School. Although the physical location of the current school is only 37 years old, the school itself has a 120-plus year history. The school currently has two reminders of its historical beginnings. One is the school bell, which dates back almost as long as the school's historical foundation, and the second is a 10-foot-high painting of the district's first teacher, Helen Haskell Thomas.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | September 15, 2010
Eric Matejka, a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, is passionate about drug-abuse prevention. The school resource officer for the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station has spent $10,000 and more than 300 vacation hours on classes dealing with drug-abuse prevention. Although there isn't a huge drug problem in La Cañada schools, there are a few "isolated cases here and there" and it's something to keep an eye on, Matejka said at the Sept. 3 La Cañada Flintridge Youth Council meeting that focused on narcotics in the community and at La Cañada High School.
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By Carol Cormaci, carol.cormaci@latimes.com | October 26, 2011
The dangers of drug and substance abuse are being highlighted this week on the La Cañada High School campus, where the Student PTA is sponsoring a wide range of activities. LCHS students this week have decorated the campus with red ribbons, received red bracelets and taken a pledge to remain drug-free. By the end of this week they will have had the opportunity to view a wrecked car; listen to inspirational speaker Daniel Puder, Ultimate Fighter, WWE wrestler and the author of “My Life, My Power”; and witness a sheriff's deputy simulate drunk driving on an obstacle course, among other activities.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | October 7, 2010
Nearly every La Cañada High School student wore a red wristband this week that said, "I choose to be drug-free. " The wristbands were handed out to every LCHS student as part of Red Ribbon Week, which was organized by La Cañada High's Parent Teacher Student Association. The Red Ribbon Campaign, a national event first adopted by the state PTA in 1986, calls parents, students and teachers to action and attempts to present a visible commitment towards the creation of a drug-free America.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | September 15, 2010
Eric Matejka, a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, is passionate about drug-abuse prevention. The school resource officer for the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station has spent $10,000 and more than 300 vacation hours on classes dealing with drug-abuse prevention. Although there isn't a huge drug problem in La Cañada schools, there are a few "isolated cases here and there" and it's something to keep an eye on, Matejka said at the Sept. 3 La Cañada Flintridge Youth Council meeting that focused on narcotics in the community and at La Cañada High School.
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By Mary O’Keefe Valley Sun | October 30, 2008
The first Spirit Rally at La Cañada Elementary School highlighted the end to Red Ribbon Week. Although it was the end of the week, it was obvious by the students? excitement and determination that they understood the importance of staying drug free. Red Ribbon Week is a national recognized program that highlights healthy choices for students. Schools have several events throughout the week to let students know how to make healthy choices and to stay drug-free. The student counsel prepared a skit that entertained the student body but also taught them a lesson.
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October 23, 2008
Mary O'Keefe This week elementary school students throughout La Cañada were wearing red in recognition of Red Ribbon Week. The week is a time schools focus on making healthy choices. All elementary schools came up with creative and fun ways to help kids deal with a very serious issue. Students wore clothes backwards, to “turn their back on drugs” and crazy socks to “sock it to drugs.” La Cañada High School and 7/8 recognized Red Ribbon last week. Principal Damon Dragos said they chose to do this a week early before Homecoming.
NEWS
By Mary O’Keefe | October 25, 2007
Red ribbons can be seen tied onto trees, fences and signs all around La Cañada this week and every child in public school knows what that signals; “Red Ribbon Week.” “They teach you that there is no point in doing [drugs],” said Douglass Paine, third grader at La Cañada Elementary School, “because what is the point in doing them?” Paine and his fellow students in teacher Mary Linda Vandevelde’s classroom had participated in a Kites for Kids assembly early Monday morning.
FEATURES
By Kaitzer Puglia | August 31, 2006
In preparation for the upcoming school year, I am awed by the historical importance of La Canada Elementary School. Although the physical location of the current school is only 37 years old, the school itself has a 120-plus year history. The school currently has two reminders of its historical beginnings. One is the school bell, which dates back almost as long as the school's historical foundation, and the second is a 10-foot-high painting of the district's first teacher, Helen Haskell Thomas.
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | November 10, 2005
Crescenta Valley High School students have created a brick wall of negative effects from drug and alcohol abuse. Although the red bricks are made of paper, the experiences expressed are concrete negative effects of abuse. The brick wall is Project Success and Red Ribbon Week activity. "I know we are late for Red Ribbon," said Kathleen Keck, Project Success councilor for CVHS. She states that the project began during Red Ribbon Week, which was last Oct. 23 through 31, but drug and alcohol programs continue throughout the year.
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October 27, 2005
by Mary O'Keefe Red ribbons have lined local elementary and high schools for two weeks. They are there because 20 years ago Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was tortured and killed in Mexico while investigating a drug cartel. It is in his memory - and his belief that one person can make a difference - that families, communities, schools and the PTA have supported the Red Ribbon Week philosophy. La Cañada elementary schools recognized the week from Oct. 17 through 21 while La Cañada High School and Glendale Unified School District schools observed Red Ribbon Week Oct. 24 through Oct. 28. Residents in the western area of La Cañada attend GUSD schools.
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By Cayce Sheppard, LCHS 7/8 PTA President | September 1, 2005
Welcome to La Cañada High School 7/8! I'm honored to be taking on the job of 7/8 PTA president and am looking forward to a fabulous year. LCHS 7/8 is a unique and wonderful place, with great students, supportive parents, an active PTA and an incredible group of dedicated teachers and staff. We are very fortunate this year to be welcoming our new principal, Wendy Sinnette, whose priority is providing an environment to facilitate and nurture academic, artistic, social, emotional and physical achievement for all students.
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