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Crew drums home positive message during ‘Red Ribbon’ week

SOLANA BEACH — Solana Vista Elementary School culminated Red Ribbon Week with a performance by Crew, a motivational group that encourages students to develop their talents and hobbies as a way to stay positive and avoid drugs.
Because the Solana Vista campus serves students in kindergarten through third-grade the focus was on healthy lifestyles.
“This assembly shows the cool side of being healthy,” said Septembre Flannery, a parent volunteer who coordinated the week of activities with Michele DeBoucaud.
Throughout the performance members of Crew asked students what they did to stay healthy and positive.
“I read, eat healthy and ride my bike,” second-grader Chloe Evans said.
Blake Thompson, a third-grader, said he liked playing outside.
During the hour-long show John Power, Mike Andrade and Vinny Bartolone drummed on trash cans, danced and used student and teacher volunteers to promote staying healthy, being positive and treating others with kindness and respect.
Red Ribbon Week, a national prevention campaign, ran from Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 and included daily activities. Students were given Red Ribbon bracelets to wear all week.
They brought their teachers red flowers one day, participated in an obstacle course, dressed in sports attire to symbolize a healthy lifestyle and were asked to bring in Halloween candy for troops overseas.
A writing contest encouraged students to write an essay, poem or theme song about staying healthy.