Once again, SADD students will be working with the GES news crew as part of the elementary school's morning news broadcast. (L to R) Brooklyn Craven, Allison Phillips, Kate Bausback, Reid Billieu, Kelli Hahn and Kaylie Woods. This was a daily event for the SADD members during last year’s Red Ribbon Week, which promotes living drug free.

In just a few days, a message will be sent to every student in the area - Don’t use drugs. Red Ribbon Week is celebrated Oct. 23-31 in local schools.

The Red Ribbon Campaign is now the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation reaching millions of young people.

The National Red Ribbon Week Celebration was started in 1985 when Federal D.E.A. Agent Enrique Camarena was murdered by drug traffickers. Agent Camarena’s friends, relatives and other people in the community displayed red ribbons to show that they refused to be held hostage by the demand for drugs.

Red Ribbon Week serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand for the hopes and dreams of our children through a commitment to drug prevention and education. It also encourages a personal commitment to live drug-free lives with the ultimate goal being the creation of drug free America.

The Community Action Coalition encourages residents of Decatur County to participate in Red Ribbon Week by planning a drug free event, participating in activities at your child’s school or wearing a red ribbon showing your support for a drug free lifestyle.

All three local high school systems are celebrating Red Ribbon Week with the following activities:

Greensburg Elementary will be hosting a classroom poster contest. Posters will be displayed throughout the community after Oct. 24. there will be a spirit week as the high school students will help with daily morning video announcements in which they will share why they are drug free. There will also be a weekend rally that will include video footage, a short game, guest speaker and IHSAA representative Ann Weigel.

Greensburg Junior High School is hosting spirit week as the high school students prepare morning announcements and encourage junior high students to be drug free. There will be a pledge drive, a grim reaper day with an afternoon rally with student speakers, video of local drug free students and IHSAA representative Ann Weigel.

Greensburg High School will be airing commercials on GTV.

North Decatur Elementary will hold a schoolwide "Picture a Tobacco Free Life" poster contest. FCCLA and the orientation to life and careers class will announce the winners during Red Ribbon Week. The textiles class will be performing its annual anti-tobacco presentations to the sixth grade classes.

South Decatur Elementary and the high school peer helpers are hosting a schoolwide poster contest with the theme being "Don’t Monkey Around with Drugs." The high school peer helpers will also be doing a skit in each classroom and handing out ribbons and signing a pledge to be drug free.

South Decatur High School will have dress-up spirit days and lunch time activities. Each student and staff will receive a bracelet that reads, “Believe, achieve, succeed - drug free.”

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