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Elizabethtown Schools Mark Red Ribbon Week for Drug Use Prevention

Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the nation. This year’s theme is “Life is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free.” In partnership with Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care, all students in the Elizabethtown Area School District are participating in and celebrating Red Ribbon Week, which started Monday, Oct. 22. During Red Ribbon Week, teachers share age-appropriate lessons with students about refusal skills, decision-making and the importance of being drug free.

In addition to the classroom activities, students in kindergarten through sixth grade will bring home a red tulip bulb, which symbolically represents their promise to stay

drug free. Some students will also plant bulbs on the school grounds, which will be a reminder in spring of the promise they made this fall. The PAWS…and Think group at the high school organized tulip bulbs and materials that will be distributed to elementary students throughout the event.

Each year, the nation celebrates Red Ribbon Week in honor and memory of former DEA agent Enrique Camarena. In 1985, Camarena was abducted by a Mexican drug cartel on his way to have lunch with his wife. His body was found a month later. Out of this terrible tragedycame the National Red Ribbon Campaign. When asked by his mother why he would join the DEA and the fight against

drugs in our country, he stated, “I know I am only one man, but I want to make a difference.”

The Red Ribbon Celebration brings millions of people together to raise awareness regarding the need for alcohol, tobacco, drug and violence prevention; early intervention; and treatment services. It is the largest, most visible prevention awareness campaign observed annually in the United States.

Lancaster County Joining Forces, EACTC and Compass Mark hosted a free lecture on “How to Talk to Children About Drugs” on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Alliance Church at 425 Cloverleaf Road, Elizabethtown.

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