Many Olentangy school buildings will be participating in Red Ribbon Week this week, October 22 through October 26. Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. At the elementary buildings, a wacky week of dressing is on tap. The week may include such themes as dress-up day, (stay classy, don’t do drugs), costume day, (hocus-pocus, drugs aren’t my focus) or dress in bright neon colors (the bright thing to do is the make the choice to be healthy). Serious lessons will also be presented. At Wyandot Run Elementary (WRES) Red Ribbon Week has been tied to the Health and Guidance curriculum as students enter into discussions all week exploring ways to develop healthy drug free habits. Olentangy Shanahan Middle School’s (OSMS) Red Ribbon Week activites will culminate on Friday, October 26 with guest speaker Scott Stricklin addressing the student body. Coach Stricklin is the baseball coach at Kent State University. Last year his team went to the National College World Series. He will talk about setting goals, working hard and making good choices. At Olentangy HIgh School, Kara Corpman and her teen advocates club will hold a spirit week, give away a Chipotle gift card to winners of a trivia contest about substance abuse, and plant red tulips in the courtyard. The hope is that the tulips will bloom during April, which is is National Alcohol Awareness Month.