Monday, October 25, 2010

Red Ribbon Week Kick-Off a Huge Success

Over 300 Tippecanoe County community members, and elementary, middle and high school students came together this morning to kick start Red Ribbon Week 2010. Red Ribbon week is an awareness week celebrated across the United States to reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

Each year the coalition holds a Red Ribbon Breakfast to kick off the week's activities. Prior to that students in elementary and middle schools across Tippecanoe County participate in a bookmark contest. Students create bookmarks with messages about staying drug-free. One bookmark winner is chosen from each school. This year we had 26 bookmark contest winners.

The bookmarks will be available at the Tippecanoe County Public Library's Main Campus and Ivy Tech Campus throughout the week.

West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis, Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, County Commissioner Tom Murtaugh and Purdue University Vice President of Student Affairs Melissa Exum
read the this years "Red Ribbon Week Proclamation" encouraging all community members to continue to take part in making Tippecanoe County a safe and health place to live, work and learn!

Purdue woman's basketball, assistant coach, Nadine Morgan encouraged the students to remain drug-free with the ABC's. One student from each table stood and read a reason to stay drug-free. In the end we had 26 reasons, one for every letter of the alphabet!

For a list of activities going on this week click here.

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