By ERIC VICCARO
Red Ribbon Week will begin across the nation, and here in Ste. Genevieve County, on Oct. 25.
Students from the Ste. Genevieve County R-II School District, Valle Catholic and St. Agnes of Bloomsdale gathered with mayor Paul Hassler, police chief Eric Bennett and Ste. Genevieve County sheriff Gary Stolzer at Ste. Genevieve City Hall.
Hassler signed a proclamation declaring Oct. 23-31 to be Red Ribbon Week, with schools observing the event.
This year’s theme is “Drug-Free Looks Like Me.”
Students will experience presentations from the Ste. Genevieve Police Department, the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office and local K-9 units.
The ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation will have a presentation for high school students.
This foundation has educational programs aimed at helping those learn to reduce their risk for injury.
David Graham will be the guest speaker for middle school students. Graham is a comedian who shares family-friendly material – with the message of making safe and sound life decisions.
Ste. Genevieve R-II schools and businesses will have a chance to follow special thematic days throughout the week.
Monday, Oct. 25 – “Drug-Free Looks Like Me,” wear red.
Tuesday, Oct. 26 – “Peace Out to Drugs,” wear tie-dye or retro clothes.
Wednesday, Oct. 27 – “I Have the Power to Resist Drugs,” wear superhero outfits.
Thursday, Oct. 28 – “Drugs Can’t Find Me,” wear camouflage.