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Local students 'Just say no'

By By Matthew Nascone
Try saying Red Ribbon Week ten times fast.
What you just heard is about how you would sound saying anything on drugs. And that is why the teachers at A.C. Moore Elementary School and Rachel Patterson Elementary School had their children participate in Red Ribbon Week all last week.
"We had a week-long list of activities for our children," Rachel Patterson principal Susan McKenzie said.
Red Ribbon Week was Oct. 23-27 and Rachel Patterson had a guidance lesson for its students that ran from Oct. 9-20. Martha Gund is the guidance counselor at the school and she coordinated all the activities for the students.
The red ribbons were handed out at school Monday morning for the children to wear. On Tuesday, the students were encouraged to wear red along with their red ribbon.
The Child Advocacy Center presented a Halloween safety program to the kindergarten students Wednesday. The students were given an "I Have the Power to be Drug-Free!" tattoo on Thursday to wear to school on Friday. And Big Billy the Clown capped off the week with a magic show and Drug Prevention Program on Friday.
"I think this week went very well," McKenzie said. "I think this week is something the children have become accustomed to. They couldn't wait to do all the activities. It helps them understand that drugs and alcohol are things they need to stay away from. The children responded well."
A.C. Moore also had a week full of Drug-Free activities for its students.