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posted: Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
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Celebrating Red Ribbon Week
MOMS students and staff members recently participated in a number of activities for Red Ribbon Week, the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. Among the most memorable was a student-created display in the main hallway across from the cafeteria with anti-drug and alcohol slogans. The “iTune Out Drugs” display featured drawings of iPhones and computers with prevention messages and graphics.
Each day was also devoted to a particular theme such as "Sock It To Drugs and Alcohol," which encouraged students to wear silly socks.
Throughout the year, MOMS holds a variety of substance abuse prevention and education programs. In conjunction with Mount Olive High School, the school is co-hosting a free parent awareness workshop on December 10 called "E-Cigarettes and Vapes, Understanding a New Culture." The program starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the MOHS Performing Arts Center.
The Red Ribbon campaign was created in 1988 in honor of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, a U.S. drug enforcement agent who was killed while investigating a major drug cartel. A few weeks after his death, a club was created to honor Officer Camarena. Hundreds of club members pledged to live drug-free lives and to honor the sacrifices made by those fighting to keep our country and children safe from illegal drugs. The members began to wear red satin badges and red ribbons, and from that national Red Ribbon Week emerged. Today, schools across the nation celebrate this drug prevention campaign and continue to honor Officer Camarena.
Megan Troup, student assistance counselor, coordinated the Red Ribbon activities here at MOMS.
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