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County Schools Celebrate Red Ribbon Week


October 30, 2017

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Lukas Reese and Angel Cash put aside team rivalry for a moment and team up together against drugs to celebrate Red Ribbon Week at Pisgah Forest Elementary. Other daily themes included "United We Are Drug Free" (red shirts, ribbons) and "Hats Off To Being Drug Free" (hat day).

With Homecoming and Spirit Week just behind them, Transylvania County Schools students prepared for another week of hat days, team jerseys, spirit contests and decorated doorways.

From Oct. 23-26, TCS students and staff joined school resource officers in celebrating Red Ribbon Week-an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed each year in the United States.

The theme for 2017 was "Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free." To support these special events, school resource officers from the Transylvania County Sheriff's Office shared this with families in all nine Transylvania County Schools:

Red Ribbon Week is in memory of Enrique 'KiKi' Camarena. Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Agent who was killed in 1985 by informants because of his success in the DEA.

Young students joined in spirit week activities and games all week long, with themes such as "Drugs And I Don't Mix" (wacky tacky day), "Team Up Against Drug Use" (team jersey day), and "Can On Drugs," a food drive held jointly with The Bread of Life.

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A whole class "teams up against drugs" to celebrate Red Ribbon Week at Pisgah Forest Elementary. This year's theme was "Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free."

Classes that showed the greatest spirit earned prizes-the most coveted being ice cream sundaes for their class, or being chosen to throw pies at principals, school resource officers, and other favorite teachers at the end of the week.

S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions, is an organization for high school students, and students throughout Brevard and Rosman participate in various ways as well. Signing a banner is one way students take the pledge to be drug-free.

Students not only wore red ribbons during the week; they decorated cars and many other non-moving objects with ribbons as well. The campaign seeks to inspire and encourage peers to stay mindful of how destructive decisions around drugs, alcohol and violence bring lasting and painful consequences to many every day.

For more about National Red Ribbon Week, visit


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