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15340 Smith Road
Charlotte, NC 28273
Courier #: 590
P: 980-344-1000  |  F: 980-343-1836 
LC: South Learning Community
Bell Schedule: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Grades: K-5
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Included in this issue:
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  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Service Project



100th Day of School



Winthrop Mens Basketball Team Visits River Gate For Red Ribbon Week.                         

During the last week in October, River Gate Elementary students celebrated Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week brings millions of people together to raise awareness regarding the need for alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention, early intervention and treatment services. It is the largest, most visible prevention awareness campaign observed annually in the United States.

As the kick-off event, the Winthrop Eagles basketball team played two exhibition games against the fifth-grade River Gate Gators team in the “Slam Dunk, Drugs are Junk” basketball game. The Gators won both games!  Students had a good time cheering on the River Gate team and enjoyed meeting the members of the Winthrop team.  

Throughout the week, River Gate students learned about drug-free living. On Tuesday the students “Socked It to Drugs” by wearing their most outrageous and colorful socks, on Wednesday they displayed their pride for being drug free by wearing red and on Thursday the students dressed like a friend for “Twin Day” to show that friends don’t let friends do drugs. The students also participated in a "Drug Free" campaign poster contest!


Students Visit Police and Fire Stations for Service Project

  Students and families at River Gate collected snacks and treats for local policeman and fireman as part of their 9/11 community service project.  A group of 30 students organized the snacks and visited the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Training Center and Fire Station 38 to deliver the care packages.  The students also sang songs, spent some time with the service members and took tours of the facilities.  The students did a great job representing River Gate and the policemen and firemen were very greatful for the efforts and considerations of the River Gate family. 



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