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Farmington students urged to stay drug-free during Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week starts Monday, and Farmington students are among those in St. Francois County who will be participating in a week of anti-drug activities.

Farmington students will spend Monday through Thursday focusing on avoiding illegal drugs, staying healthy and having good character. School is closed on Friday for parent-teacher conferences.

The week’s events stem from the 1985 murder of Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agent Enrique Camarena while he was investigating a major drug cartel in Mexico. Camarena was kidnapped after leaving his office for lunch. His tortured body was found a month later.

In his memory, Camarena’s friends and neighbors wore red satin ribbons. The ribbons became a symbol of the fight against drugs, and in 1988, the National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign.

The week’s theme for preschool, kindergarten, elementary and intermediate students is &#8220Let’s Show Good Character by Being Drug Free!”

On Monday, students are asked to wear the color red to show their commitment to being drug free. The message for the day is to turn your back on drugs to show respect for yourself and for those who love you.

Tuesday is &#8220My Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades Day.” Students may wear sunglasses to school to celebrate being drug free. Students are urged to be good citizens by avoiding illegal drugs and to show they are trustworthy by being honest and staying drug free. Students also are asked to &#8220…pledge to be drug free and support the Farmington RVII School Campaign by taking a stand against alcohol and drug abuse.”

All families from the Jefferson, Truman, Roosevelt, Washington-Franklin and the preschool are invited to Family Fun Night activities from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Washington-Franklin Elementary School. The night will feature games, activities, and lots of fun.

Students will celebrate &#8220School Health Day” on Wednesday by dressing up like doctors, nurses, football players, cheerleaders, teachers and other people of good health. The message for the day is, be dependable and make the right choices, because drugs can make you dizzy and cloud your mind. Teach others about the dangers of drugs to let them know you care.

Thursday is &#8220Make a Difference Day!” Students are encouraged to wear crazy clothes to have fun being drug free. Students are reminded to be kind and courteous to everyone and make friendly conversation with others. The courage you show when you face peer pressure and say &#8220no” to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs makes you feel proud and helps you be fair to your health and the health of others.

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