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Blackhawk Helicopter Signals End of Red Ribbon Week

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.— Folsom Cordova Schools are raising awareness about the pitfalls of drugs during Red Ribbon Week. The annual week was celebrated by holding presentations, creating posters, and asking students to wear red ribbons and wristbands. 
“The awareness was good, everyone got into it” said Madison Hansen, a seventh grader at Folsom Middle School. 
For the second year in a row, Folsom Middle students got a chance to watch an US Army Blackhawk Helicopter land on the campus, but this time Principal Chris Aland was on board. 
“One of the pilots is actually a parent of an eighth grader at Folsom Middle” said Aland indicating how they initially came into contact with the special opportunity. “Last year [the pilot] promised to come back and this time I got to ride”, Aland continued. 
Local first-responders were on hand to support the awareness activities as Folsom Police Department’s Mounted Unit and the Fire Department were on the campus in anticipation of the landing. At approximately 11:25 a.m., the highlight of the assembly was about to make an unforgettable entrance. 
Sporting a camouflage jumpsuit, students at the campus of nearly 1,200 got to see their principal fly over the school and land on its athletic fields during lunch.
“Awesome! I could see the pilot from the ground and I know him; he’s my friend’s dad”, exclaimed Lucas Simmons, a seventh grader at the school. Lucas recalled that this was the second time he saw the helicopter landing, “it was different this time”. Fellow seventh grader Taylor Jeffrey agreed, “It landed faster. I think it’s cool to see how they do their job”. 
The Blackhawk Helicopter also made a similar appearance at Folsom Hills Elementary School. 
All Folsom Cordova Schools had some kind of special activity or shared information about drug awareness this week. Schools such as Gold Ridge Elementary School, Cordova Gardens Elementary School, Peter J. Shields Elementary School, and Kinney High School are especially active by encouraging students to participate in spirit days where they dress up on an anti-drug theme. 
Kinney High students will culminate their activities next week at the “Point Break” workshop next Tuesday. Approximately 70 students will attend this day-long program which is designed to promote resiliency among students. Point Break is funded through a special grant from the Folsom Cordova Community Partnership.
Students at Mills Middle School in Rancho Cordova have signed pledges to stay drug, alcohol, and tobacco free. The pledges will be weaved into a giant chain to put in the multipurpose room. 
Folsom High School’s Bulldogs Reaching Out (BRO) club has attended schools, like Blanch Sprentz Elementary School and Cordova Villa Elementary School, to speak about the harmful effects of drugs and how to live a healthy life. Cordova Villa students used the week to also combat bullying, adopting the theme “Take a Stand. Lend a Hand. Stop Bullying." 
Mitchell Middle School got creative and held a tombstone contest to give students a firsthand account of the deadly effects of drugs, not only on the individual, but also on the community. 
FCUSD is united in an effort to rid its schools of drugs. Cordova Gardens Elementary School said it best in their slogan, “We’re teaming up against drugs!”
The Folsom Cordova Unified School District was founded in 1949 and has been working to continually provide students with a well-rounded and quality education. The district includes twenty elementary schools, four middle schools, one alternative education middle school, and three alternative education high schools. We serve roughly 18,500 students in both Rancho Cordova and Folsom.
Bridget Hanzalik & Jamie Padilla- Public Relations