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Red Ribbon Week
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Stillson Elementary fifth grade students Baylee Barnard, left, DeAndre Bryant, center, and Nicklaus Wiley wear funny hats Monday as part of Red Ribbon Week. - photo by KELLIE HARMON/special
The Red Ribbon Campaign is one of the most enduring and largest drug prevention programs in the United State. Each year, observances for Red Ribbon Week are held in Bulloch County schools and across our nation. Activities began Monday and run through Friday.
    Red Ribbon Week is an exciting time for area school’s students and staff members. The importance of being drug free is interspersed with opportunities to show individuality and creativity.
    Dennis Carpenter, principal at Stilson Elementary, believes that the message behind Red Ribbon Week is effectively communicated through a wide variety of activities the students participate in.
    The Red Ribbon Week Campaign got its start in 1985 when Mexican drug traffickers murdered a DEA agent named Kiki Camarena. The fast growing grassroots movement was created by The National Family Partnership. Concerned parents across the country began the NFP in 1980 to help combat the rising cases of youth drug abuse. Red Ribbon Week is one of the efforts that came out of the partnership.
    Carpenter also believes that stressing a drug free life to children is one that must constantly be revisited. If opening a dialogue with your child is awkward concerning drug use and the dangers thereof, Carpenter said that, "Campaigns like Red Ribbon Week can serve as excellent conversation starters for this type of communications between parents and children."
    One student, Nicklaus Wiley, a fifth grader at Stillson said, "Saying no to drugs is an easy choice, but it is fun to be goofy at school for a whole week."
    Activities planned for Red Ribbon Week at Stilson Elementary:
    Monday - Use Your Head! Don’t Do Drugs - Wear a wig, a silly hat or your hair in a weird way!
    Tuesday - Team Up Against Drugs - Wear Something From Your Favorite Sports Teams.
    Wednesday - Turn Your Back on Drugs- Wear your shirt backwards
    Thursday - Sock It to Drugs - Wear Your Craziest Socks
    Friday - 100 percent Drug Free Me - Wear Red or a Red Ribbon T-shirt.
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