The Sallisaw Now Coalition kicked off the annual Red Ribbon Week campaign Monday with a proclamation signing at Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library.
The National Family Partnership (NFP) organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign® in 1985 in response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena. Parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America.
In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Week® celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.
This year’s campaign has the theme “You Only Live Once,” or “YOLO, Be Drug Free.” Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 23 through 31.
In the photo, in no particular order, are Sharon Day, Kim Jamison, Dianna Davis, Charles House, Sensyn House, Amy Edwards, Justin Smithson, Donald Thompson, Sallisaw Police Chief Terry Franklin, John Owens, Donna Owens, Shawna Morris, Ott Hunter, Heather Silva, Louise Micolites, Kim Jones, Lalita Smith, Madison Mosby, Ashlynne Moffett, Presley Nicholson, Journee Colquitt, Erin Crawford, Landon Smoke, and Danielle Bethel.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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