This year Brownstown Elementary had a visitor fly all the way in from Busch Stadium! Al Hrabosky and Fredbird came to BES to teach the kids about the Doing it Right program. This educational program provides kids with a fun way to learn about saying no to drugs and staying in school. All the students were happy to see the former Cardinal player and his feathered friend for an entire hour, and they also won prizes and answered many questions about why they should live drug-free.
There are three ways to follow Doing It Right: number one is staying in school, number two participate in sports and stay active, and last but not least SAY NO TO DRUGS. Teachers had students write an essay on why they should say no to drugs, but they could also incorporate the other two messages. The Cardinals had teachers pick the best essays from each grade level, and the principal had to have a list of the winners and assisted them with the small award ceremony. The students that won the essay contest were Skye Goldsboro, Daisy Chandler, Avery Stroble, Lexi Seabaugh, Jaydlen Whitehead, and Parker Sidwell.
In addition to the essay contest, there was also a school decorating contest. The decorating process involved the entire school. Every classroom, hallway, and the gym was decorated with signs and banners, and everyone wore cardinal red. The elementary had streamers hanging from the ceiling, posters and pictures made by students, and special Fredbird hats. The number one school will win the grand prize package, but they also have runner-up prizes for tickets to games and other great prizes.
This was a great program for the students and they were so excited to meet Fredbird and Cardinal great Al Hrabosky. This was a wonderful educational opportunity for the students and an extremely fun day. The elementary cannot wait for another visit from Fredbird!
By Samantha Long
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