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It’s Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week in Lamar County will kicks off today with an event in the middle school gym. It will run from 7-8:30 p.m. Both the schools and the community are expected to take part in activities for the week. The Barnesville Housing Authority will hold its annual Red Ribbon party on Friday. Families can enter the Red Ribbon Week contest hosted by the National Family Partnership to win a $1,000 grant for their school and a new iPad for their home. To enter, students should work with parents to decorate their front door, mailbox or fence with this year’s theme ‘The Best Me Is Drug Free.’ Students should take a photo with family and their Red Ribbon Week decoration, then upload it to redribbon.org/contest or facebook.com/ RedRibbonWeek by Nov. 2. Parents or a young adult 18 or older must upload the photos. Students should then ask family and friends to vote for their entry at redribbon.org/ vote Nov. 2-16. Ten winners from regions across the U.S. will be announced at events at their winning schools in December. ’Students will once again take Red Ribbon Week’s message of prevention home to their neighborhoods with this national contest,’ said the NFP volunteer president Peggy Sapp. ‘By decorating their homes together with this year’s Red Ribbon theme, families carry the message to their communities.’ The nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention campaign reaches more than 80 million people nationwide. The Drug Enforcement Agency is co-sponsoring this year’s national contest. ’The DEA is excited to partner with the NFP on this contest that empowers communities to come together to talk about the drug problem,’ said DEA administrator Michele M. Leonhart. ‘Red Ribbon Week is also when we honor DEA Special Agent Enrique ‘˜Kiki’ Camarena, who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities safe.’ Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. In 1985 after Camarena’s murder, parents, youth and teachers in communities across the country began wearing red ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the destruction caused by drugs.­

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