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October 23, 2007

Seeing red

Athens ISD to participate in Red Ribbon Week

Athens Independent School District Students will be seeing red next week.

The school district will be participating in Red Ribbon Week next week. According to the Nation Family Partnership Web site, the prevention program is designed to make students aware of the drug problem and to give them the courage to say no to them. The program began in 1985, in response to the murder of DEA Agent Kiki Camerena by drug traffickers in Mexico City. The “Just Say No Promise,” is “I promise to lead a drug free life. I want to be healthy and happy. I will say no to alcohol and other harmful drugs. I will help my friends say no. I will promise to stand up for what I know is right.”

Students at the different campuses in Athens will be participating by wearing a red ribbon that symbolizes an intolerance towards the use of drugs. They will also attending programs and participating in different spirit week activities.

“This will be a busy week, filled with days of all kinds of activities and learning,” said Athens Middle School counselor Diane Bookman. “We want to help show Athens that Athens Middle School students don’t need drugs.”

Students at the middle school will be watching different anti-drug videos in their classrooms and having discussions about them. The middle school will begin the week with a kick-off assembly where the advanced theater department will perform scenes depicting different aspects of the drug problem. The band will also be performing.

Students will still have to be in dress code unless they are participating in the different themes for each week.

Athens High School teacher Rita Curington said the program is worthwhile if it can draw students attention to the problem. The high school will be participating in Red Ribbon Week, but will be using the days specified by the National Family Partnership, which are Tuesday, Oct. 23 to Wed. Oct. 31. They are still in the process of scheduling their Red Ribbon Activities.

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