Fourth grade students at Carrollton elementary school are learning about “Red Ribbon Month” in the program “Takin’ it to the Schools.” October has been designated as Red Ribbon Month.
Under the direction of Trenna Parsons, prevention specialist for the school district from Personal Family Counseling Services (PFCS) of Tuscarawas County, the students are learning different facts about the difference between meds and drugs, why medications should never be shared and why they should choose to be drug free.
Red Ribbon Week, celebrated Oct. 23-31, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Nancy Reagan established Red Ribbon Week in 1985 in honor of Enrique (Kiki) Camarena who gave his life to get drugs off the street. Every year across the country, people wear red ribbons and celebrate drug-free activities by decorating and having Red-Out days and contests. This year’s theme is “Respect Yourself, Be Drug Free.”