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In the schools: Ste. Genevieve celebrates Red Ribbon Week

As usual, the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Department lent a big hand in helping the schools celebrate Red Ribbon Week. (Photos Courtesy of Ste. Genevieve R-II Schools/Special to the Herald)

From staff reports

Students from Ste. Genevieve County R-II School District, along with those attending parochial and private schools in the county, recently celebrated Red Ribbon Week.

Red Ribbon Week occurred in late October, with this year’s theme “Drug Free Looks Like Me.”

Throughout the week, students participated in activities promoting healthy decisions.

The Ste. Genevieve Police Department, Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office, and K-9 units visited students.

Corporal Charles Ochs and Officer Nikola Cusinelli showed students their K-9 partners. The officer and canine work together as a team, with the dog trained for police work — including searches for narcotics.

Members of the high school organization Students Against Destructive Decisions assisted in planning and programming throughout the county.

Speaker David Graham spoke to Ste. Genevieve Middle School students about making good choices, stressing about the need to “think for yourself.”

Local schools had “dress up” days, and businesses and civic organizations supported students by wearing red ribbons.

Faculty and staff also helped plan the week, and made everything run smoothly.