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October 13, 2013

Chouteau Schools celebrate Red Ribbon Week

PRYOR, OK — Chouteau Public Schools  invites the community to take a visible stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon Week from Oct. 21-25. 

 Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs facing our community, and encourages parents, educators, business owners, and other community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles. This year’s celebration will kick off on Oct. 21, 2013 with Theme Days and multiple activities throughout the week at each site. Activities scheduled throughout the week include: Door  Decorating, Red Ribbon Cemetery, Grim Reaper Activity, Drunk Goggles and Pedal Carts, Red Ribbon Balloon Release, District Pledge Cards, Red Ribbon Health Fair, City Proclamation and  Red Lunch Week

 “Red Ribbon Week encourages our entire community to adopt healthy, drug-free lifestyles,” said Donald Pullen, District Grand Coordinator. “The campaign brings together parents, schools, and businesses as we look for innovative ways to keep kids and communities drug free.”

 The red ribbon symbolizes a continuing commitment to reducing the demand for illicit drugs in our communities. In 1985, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique S. "Kiki" Camarena was killed by drug traffickers. Shortly after Camarena's death, citizens from his hometown of Calexico, California, began wearing red ribbons to remember him and commemorate his sacrifice. Congress established Red Ribbon Week in 1988.

 “Red Ribbon Week gives us the opportunity to be vocal and visible in our efforts to achieve a drug-free community,” said Pullen. “Research shows that children are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs when parents and other role models are clear and consistent in their opposition to substance use and abuse.” Visit www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com for more information about Red Ribbon Week or contact Donald Pullen at 918-476-8337.

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