Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Red Ribbon Week Underway in County Schools

“Your future is key, so stay drug free” is the theme of this year’s Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23 through 31 at schools throughout the nation.

Amy Edwards, Partners for Success director, said, “The Red Ribbon program is the largest and oldest prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people during the week.”

Students from Sallisaw and Central Schools Youth Coalition organizations, along with county officials, recently prepared for the week with a proclamation signing by Sallisaw Mayor Jim Hudgens at the library in Sallisaw. Joining the students, in addition to the mayor, were Sheriff Larry Lane, Sallisaw Police Chief Terry Franklin, Sallisaw police officers, and Edwards and Taylor Chadwell with the Sallisaw NOW Coalition.

Edwards said she and Chadwell, Sallisaw NOW Coalition prevention specialists, took Red Ribbon items to almost every school in the county to prepare for the week's activities. She said all the schools have different themed days to celebrate. Edwards and Chadwell administer the Partners for Success and Drug Free Community Grants through the NOW Coalition.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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