Frenship Middle School students started a project during Red Ribbon Week in October that is reaping benefits this spring.
They participated in a national campaign called Plant the Promise that is part of the National Family Partnership and reinforces the “Say No To Drugs” message. This program inspires students to have hope and helps promote a drug-free, healthy lifestyle while building camaraderie within the school.
“This project was part of our drug awareness and prevention,” said Chelsea Bohannon, FMS Counselor. “We planted 100 red tulip bulbs in the fall and they bloomed this month, which is Alcohol Awareness Month. Now these tulips will bloom each year and serve as a reminder to students and staff of drug and alcohol awareness.”
The process was collaborative in spirit and involved more than FMS. The planter box was built by the wood shop class at the high school, the dirt was donated and the seeds were planted by students from multiple campuses.
“My favorite part of this project was seeing it come full circle,” said Bohannon. “Seeing them bloom beautifully during Alcohol Awareness Month is a great reminder of hope and new beginnings. If I have a student in a counseling session, it’s refreshing to be able to go outside to see the tulips and have a breath of fresh air.”