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Sgt. Tina Nast speaks to student assembly.

Marinette Elementary Schools Celebrate Red Ribbon Week

The Marinette Elementary Schools celebrated Red Ribbon Week Oct. 28-31. Red Ribbon Week is a week-long celebration where community members, staff, and students take a visible stance against drugs, and show their commitment to living a drug free lifestyle.

Red Ribbon Week started when drug traffickers murdered Drug Enforcement Agent, Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in Guadalajara, Mexico in the mid-1980s. The news of this traveled to the United States and began the campaign for a drug and alcohol curriculum in schools across the nation.

This year’s celebration carried a theme of “A Healthy Me is Drug Free!” Students of Park, Merryman, and Garfield schools participated in many fun activities, including a poster contest, tying red ribbons around the trees to show solidarity against drugs, and signing posters to pledge their drug-free lifestyle.

Community members were invited to the schools to teach the students about the harmful effects of drug use, and how to make better choices. Sgt. Tina Nast of the Menominee County Sheriff’s Department visited the schools to demonstrate how she and her partner, Sgt. Avery, an English Black Labrador, combat drugs on the streets. Office Amy Schoen of the Marinette Police Department awarded the winners of the poster contest with prizes from the Police Department during a school-wide assembly. Marinette County Nurses Molly Bonjean and Bridgette Dollhopf, with the help of Marinette School District Nurse, Autumn Bickel, showed the third and fourth graders the harmful effects of smoking, using a real pig lung demonstration. The Health Youth Coalition also visited the third and fourth graders to talk about healthy living and how to make healthy choices in their everyday lives. Finally, Elks Club volunteers presented the third graders with new dictionaries at all of the schools to end Red Ribbon Week.

The elementary guidance department along with the school principals, thank the community members for their dedication to help students stay healthy and drug free.


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