It’s Elementary by Brandy Blanton

The Americorp Members of Fair Elementary are hosting a Scarf and Hat Drive for cancer patients, this means that we are asking for donations. The class that turns in the most scarves and hats will win a coke and popcorn party. These donations are for our Make A Difference Day service project which will be on October 27, 2012. On that day, we will host a luncheon for cancer patients and survivors in the Fair Elementary School cafeteria, where we will give out the scarves and hats we’ve collected. Thank you for your help!

Thank you to Detrick Sanders, Jerry McCullough, and the Louisville Fire Department for coming last week and sharing fire safety tips with our students. This is very important for children and adults, because fire safety is something that we tend to not think enough about. Please help promote fire safety in your home by following these helpful tips throughout the year:

• Install smoke detectors and replace the batteries yearly. A good time to replace the batteries consistently is each fall on the day that we set our clocks back for the time change. • Keep portable and space heaters at least three feet away from anything that might burn. Never leave these types of heaters on when you are asleep or away from home. • If you use a fireplace, have it inspected and cleaned yearly. • Store lighters and matches out of children’s reach. • Never leave a burning candle unattended.

• Develop a family escape plan and review it at least yearly. Make sure this escape plan includes 2 ways out of the house in case of a fire. Make sure every member of the family knows how to escape from a fire and determine a safe meeting place.

Red Ribbon Week is held every October and is one of the oldest and largest drug prevention campaigns in the country. It provides a time to pledge to live a safe and drug-free life, celebrate those who do not use drugs, remember those whom we have lost in the fight against drugs, and honor those who work to promote living a life free from drug use and addiction. Red Ribbon Week allows individuals and communities to take a stand against drug use through a commitment to drug prevention and education and a personal commitment to live life drug-free.

To support this year’s Red Ribbon Week, Fair Elementary and Louisville Elementary will be dressing up and having fun showing their support! What To Wear Red Ribbon Week: (**Uniform Policy Will Be Enforced**)

• Tuesday, October 23rd – “Sock It To Drug Day” – students wear their craziest socks to show their commitment to staying Drug-Free. • Wednesday, October 24th – “Tie Down Drugs Day” – students wear their silliest ties. • Thursday, October 25th – “Wild About Being Drug-Free Day” – students wear funny wigs or the wildest hairstyle imaginable! • Friday, October 26th – “Wear Red Day” – students wear red shirts with uniform bottoms. Dates to Remember: • October 23rd – Reading Fair • October 25th thru 31st – Red Ribbon Week • October 26th – students and faculty may wear red shirts and uniform bottoms for Red Ribbon Week. Grandparent’s Day Program for Mrs. Sheridan and Mrs. Fulcher’s class. Fall Parties.