Students mark Red Ribbon Week

Students mark Red Ribbon Week
Students mark
Red Ribbon Week
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 kicked off on Monday with a variety of different activities at Weakley County Schools.
“Red Ribbon Week encourages our entire community to adopt healthy, drug-free lifestyles,” said Catherine Robilio, pro-gram coordinator of the Weakley County Prevention Coalition. “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 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 Nicki Blaylock, Program Assistant for WCPC. “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 for more information about Red Ribbon Week or contact WCPC at (731) 514-7951.

County-wide Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest

Classes from all five elementary schools in Weakley County were invited to participate in a County-wide Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest, sponsored by the Weakley County Prevention Coalition. Participation in the contest required that each class work collaboratively in order  to create an original poster with a drug-free message. Winning Classes will receive a pizza party, and other participating classes will be rewarded. WCPC thanks all teachers who participated in the contest!
Winning classes (listed by teacher’s name):
Kindergarten and up: Ms. Leslie Wach, Sharon School
1st Grade: Ms. Lisa Bukeavick, Sharon School
2nd Grade: Ms. Sherry Hatchell, Dresden Elementary School
3rd Grade: Ms. Nakia White, Martin Elementary School
4th Grade: Ms. Lauren Brown, Sharon School
5th Grade: Ms. Sandy Capps, Dresden Middle School
Published in The WCP 10.23.12

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