Red Ribbon week celebrates saying no to drugs and staying drug free. Schools across Leon County are coming up with creative ways to get the kids involved. Gilchrist Elementary School made a fashion statement with their footwear on Monday.
Latasha Jackson is a counselor at Gilchrist and she said the kids are wearing their boots. She goes on to say, "To show that they are stomping out drugs, they're giving it the boot. They're not going to even partake in those type of activities, and they're just going to say no."
The students got a kick out of wearing boots, and over at Nims middle school, students were wearing red. Commissioner Andrew Gillum was there to speak to some of the students about leadership, a topic that goes hand in hand with saying no.
"The message around saying no to drugs is age old but it's always relevant for our young people," said Commissioner Gillum.
And the students he spoke to got great advice.
"People look up to you and they want to do what you're doing... follow your footsteps," said Kirkland Thomas, a stunt at Nims Middle School.
According to the Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey, the long-term pattern of drug abuse is down, leading teachers and administration to believe their efforts are paying off.