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posted: 10/21/2013 8:07 AM

Elgin school to recognize Red Ribbon Week

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Submitted by Renz Center

To help raise drug abuse awareness throughout the community, members of the Elgin Gang and Drug Task Force, in cooperation with Renz Addiction Counseling Center, will visit local schools the week of Oct. 21-24 with a variety of Red Ribbon Week substance abuse prevention education activities.

Students from Elgin, Larkin, South Elgin and Streamwood high schools, as well as from Abbott, Kimball, Larsen, and Ellis middle schools, will be given red ribbons or bracelets to reflect their personal commitment to a drug-free lifestyle.

Red Ribbon Week specifically targets adolescents to increase awareness of the negative impact of drug use on their academic performance, behavior, relationships and safety.

Red Ribbon Week was started when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985. This began the continuing tradition of displaying Red Ribbons as a symbol of intolerance toward the use of drugs.

The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign is to present a unified and visible commitment toward the creation of a drug-free America.

Red Ribbon Week is sponsored, in part, by the Elgin Gang and Drug Task Force Coalition, which is made up of community representatives working together to reduce/eliminate youth substance abuse and gang activity, and to ensure a safe and healthy community through the facilitation of an effective and strategic integration of resources, the building of strong relationships, the fostering of open communication, and continuous education.

For details, call Ricardo Gasca at (847) 742-3545, ext. 264.

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