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EASD to celebrate Red Ribbon Week (Oct 22-26)

October 18- Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the nation.  This year's theme is "Life is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free." In partnership with Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care (EACTC), all student's in the Elizabethtown Area School District will be participating in and celebrating Red Ribbon Week starting Monday, Oct. 22.   During Red Ribbon Week, teacher's will share age-appropriate lessons with students about refusal skills, decision-making, and the importance of being drug free. 

In addition to the classroom activities, students in grades K through 6 will bring home a red tulip bulb which symbolically represents their promise to stay drug free. Some students will also plant bulbs on the school grounds, which will be a reminder in spring of the promise they made this fall. The PAWS…and Think group at the high school is busy organizing tulip bulbs and materials that will be distributed to elementary students throughout the event. 

Each year, the nation celebrates Red Ribbon Week in honor and memory of former DEA Agent Enrique Camarena. In 1985, Agent Camarena was abducted by a Mexican drug cartel on his way to have lunch with his wife. His body was found a month later. Out of this terrible tragedy came the National Red Ribbon Campaign. When asked by his mother why he would join the DEA and the fight against drugs in our country, he stated, “I know I am only one man, but I want to make a difference.”

The Red Ribbon Celebration brings millions of people together to raise awareness regarding the need for alcohol, tobacco, drug and violence prevention; early intervention; and treatment services. It is the largest, most visible prevention awareness campaign observed annually in the United States.

We encourage you to talk to the youth in your life and ask them what they've learned about making healthy life choices as they participate in Red Ribbon Week Activities.  Lancaster County Joining Forces, EACTC and Compass Mark are hosting a free lecture on ‘How to Talk to Children About Drugs’ on Tuesday, October 23rd at 6:30 pm.  The location of the lecture is Alliance Church at 425 Cloverleaf Road in Elizabethtown. Register for the event at LancasterJoiningForces.org.