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Elementaries celebrate ‘Red Ribbon Week’

Posted: Thursday, Oct 31st, 2013

This picture taken Friday at Jefferson Elementary School shows the future careers students are looking forward to, including everything from sports stars to doctors and nurses. Jefferson and Washington elementary schools took part in “Red Ribbon Week” Oct. 21-25, which centered on being drug and alcohol free. PHOTO BY SHILOH APPEL/PLAINSMAN

For the week of Oct. 21 through Oct. 25, the Huron Washington and Jefferson Elementary schools celebrated Red Ribbon Week.

The celebration, put together by school counselor Laci Hettinger, centered on being drug and alcohol free while honoring the late Drug Enforcement Administration agent, Enrique Camarena.

Camarena was killed after discovering a large drug production operation in 1985. After citizens from his home town wore red ribbons in his honor, the “red ribbon” became a symbol for drug prevention and awareness.

Last week each day had a catchy title which gave students the opportunity to enjoy dressing up in “drug free” outfits. Monday was “wear red day”; Tuesday, “put a cap on drugs“ (cap day); Wednesday, “shade out drugs” (sunglasses day); Thursday “team up against drugs” (favorite team apparel); and Friday, “My future is bright without drugs” (clothing that represented the students’ future careers).

Meanwhile, besides dressing up, students also took part in signing drug, alcohol and tobacco free pledges and spelling out “drug free” with red plastic cups in the Washington Elementary chain-link fence and “no drugs” in the Jefferson Elementary fence. Each student was also given a red ribbon to wear all week.

For the complete article see the 10-30-2013 issue.

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