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Lynn Sheffield Simmons / The Place is Argyle

Schools celebrate Red Ribbon Week

Argyle Intermediate School recently celebrated a successful Red Ribbon Week, the oldest and largest drug and alcohol prevention campaign in the nation. The drug prevention program is to inspire students and send a message they will always remember.

The week began with each child given a silicone bracelet stating this year’s theme, “One School, One Goal; Bully & Drug Free,” to wear during the week and a theme-based sticker to highlight that day’s activity. The activities were kicked off with Miss Texas 2013 as a special guest speaker to begin the week’s events.

Each day’s theme included students bringing their baby pictures to be added to the “Born to be Drug Free” poster, wearing camouflage or military gear (“Join the Fight Against Drugs”), dressing in ’60s style to say peace out to drugs (“No thanks, drugs aren’t cool”), wearing appropriate Halloween costumes (“Say ‘Boo’ to drugs”) and ending the week’s program dressed in school spirit wear (“Argyle Eagles — our team is drug-free).

Hilltop Elementary had similar themes for its Red Ribbon Week that included wearing red on “Red Ribbon Rally Day,” wearing a favorite college shirt (“We’re Too Smart for Drugs”), wearing favorite boots (“Give Drugs the Boot”), wearing Halloween costumes (“Spook Out Drugs”) and wearing black (“Black Out Drugs”).

Hilltop Elementary counselor Michael Ball thought motivational speaker Retro Bill’s speech to the students and parents prior to Red Ribbon Week was very effective and that each day’s subject during Red Ribbon Week went well, with everyone having fun.


Second-graders elect reps

Argyle teacher Gena Vanderveer wanted her second-grade social studies class to learn how important state representatives are in our lives. She made the assignment that any student wanting to be a class representative had to speak before the class about concerns related to school issues and explain why he or she would be the best representative.

Second-grader Ella Stoops thought it would be unfair for their class to represent the whole second grade. Therefore, each second grade class elected its own representative for a total group of six.

Every representative took their class concerns to Hilltop Elementary Assistant Principal Kris George.

Some of the issues included healthier cafeteria food, wearing pajamas on more Fridays than are currently allowed, giving cafeteria workers the day off on special days such as field trips and eradicating the ant beds.

Hilltop Elementary Principal Mandi Pels immediately called the exterminator to take care of the ants, but the other issues were either unable to be changed or will be addressed later.


Upcoming events

*A Veterans Day celebration sponsored by the Argyle Middle School Student Council will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Friday in the auditorium at Argyle High School, 191 S. U.S. Highway 377. A reception will follow, and the public is invited to attend.

*A holiday shopping extravaganza will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Argyle High School cafeteria, 191 S. U.S. 377. The event will benefit Argyle High School’s Project Graduation 2017. Admission is free to the public.


Ongoing events

*The Argyle Senior Center offers activities each Wednesday and Friday at the Argyle Town Hall community room. An exercise class begins at 10 a.m., followed by card games at 11 a.m.

*The Argyle Lions Club meets at noon Tuesday in the community room at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St.

LYNN SHEFFIELD SIMMONS is founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. She is the author of nine children’s books and two history books on Argyle. She can be reached at or 940-464-3368.