Red Ribbon rally aims to keep kids drug free

"There's a lot on the program for Oak Harbor's first Red Ribbon Week, from Oct. 19-27.The week will kick off with a community rally on Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Oak Harbor Middle School. The keynote speaker will be Mira Camarena, sister of murdered California drug enforcement agent Kiki Camarena who was killed in the line of duty. Red Ribbon Week was started in his memory.Other speakers will be Oak Harbor Police Chief Tony Barge; Partnership for Youth's Roosevelt Rumble; Dr. Rick Schulte, Superintendent of Schools; and Jim Beernink and his drug detection dogs. Special presentations will include the latest drug uses by children and teen-agers, a mother's experience after her son's deadly overdose, and ways to lead a drug-free life. Free Red Ribbon Week information and entertainment for children will also be available and food will be on sale. Admission is free.The purpose, organizers say, is to support the children of Oak Harbor and help them stay drug-free. Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign. Across the nation, some 80 million people take part each year, wearing red ribbons and red clothing to show their support. All the city's schools and students, from kindergarten to grade 12, are invited to participate and both children and parents will have a chance to sign pledges that they will say no to alcohol, tobacco and drugs.The organizers hope that local schools will follow through for the rest of the week with poster and essay contests, wearing red ribbons and red clothing to class, and organizing their own assemblies and programs. -------------Get involvedOak Harbor's first Red Ribbon Week, a drug awareness campaign, begins with a Red Ribbon Rally Thursday, Oct. 19, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Oak Harbor Middle School. For more information call 279-9797 or e-mail or "

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