Harrison Co students dance, scream at drug free rally

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - This is Red Ribbon Week and schools across South Mississippi are setting aside some time to encourage students to take a stand against drugs and other dangerous substances. On Thursday, one Harrison County school hosted a pep rally to get everyone pumped-up about going drug-free.

It was a very loud morning at Crossroads Elementary School as more than 550 students jumped to their feet and screamed at the top of their lungs. The goal of the pep rally: The louder, the better.

Crossroads Elementary wanted to know which grade has the most spirit when it comes to keeping drugs out of their lives. The winning class will receive a prize and bragging rights.

"There will be people who come up to you. They will offer you different things. You have to stand strong in what you believe in and what you know is morally correct, and you have to say 'no,'" Principal Natasha Williams told the young crowd.

Each grade had to come up with its own drug-free theme and creative banner. Then, the classes took turns strutting their stuff.

"Wobble, wobble, shake it, shake it. Drugs, drugs, we don't take it," one class chanted.

"Hey, hey, what do you say?  I'm drug free and I like it that way," chanted another class.

"We got to perform, we got to show the loudest, that we love to be drug free. So it was fun," said sixth grader Brilee Booth.

"Our best spirit goes to fifth grade!" the principal announced.

The students learned that even though they were competing against each other, when it comes to drugs, they need to team-up.  After the pep rally, the students returned to class and signed a card pledging to go drug free.

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