Oct. 23-31 means it’s Red Ribbon Week all around the country. And many area children are learning about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
Including children here in Elmira, when the Trinity of Chemung County stressed the dangers of drugs Wednesday afternoon at the Southside Community Center. There, kids tied red ribbons around the playground at the community center, and signed pledges saying they will stay drug free.
“We’ve had a lot of success with it in the previous years,” says Laura Jessup, a Prevention Educator with the Trinity of Chemung County.
“This is just so important because we really want these kids to be drug free and the best way just to have fun because its something that they’ll remember.”
The annual week long education of drugs began in 1985, following the death of DEA Agent Kiki Camarena, who was tortured and killed at the hands of a Mexican drug cartel.
According to the Red Ribbon Organization, an estimated 80 million people take part in Red Ribbon Week.