Red Ribbon Week gets anti-drug message out

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During the school’s Red Ribbon Week activities, Abia Judd Elementary students tied ribbons to their school fence as part of their pledge to live drug-free.

MATForce/Courtesy photo<br> During the school’s Red Ribbon Week activities, Abia Judd Elementary students tied ribbons to their school fence as part of their pledge to live drug-free.

Abia Judd Elementary School celebrated Red Ribbon Week with the help of the Prescott community, including the Abia Judd PTA, Abia Judd parents, teachers, MATForce, and the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

"Red Ribbon Week is a great way to remind students about making good choices for themselves, which includes living drug-free," said Principal Larry Peterson of Abia Judd. "I want to thank our Abia Judd PTA, parents, teachers, MATForce and the Sheriff's Office for helping bring this important message to our students."

Each day of Red Ribbon Week, students participated in an anti-drug activity and heard messages about the benefits of being drug-free from their principal and teachers. Each student tied a red ribbon on the school fence pledging to live a drug-free life.  

The week ended with an assembly about how You Win or Lose by the Way You Choose featuring Deputy Do-Right from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

Northstar Youth Partnership donated bookmarks, stickers, ribbons and pencils with the message "Yes, I can live drug-free."  

"As part of making good and healthy choices we also incorporated a walk to school day," said Katy Kimball, Abia Judd PTA president. "We were so impressed by the involvement of parents in supporting this message. We had over one hundred participants."

As part of Red Ribbon Week, Abia Judd and MATForce invited all parents to become a MATForce Valuable Parent by staying alert to drug trends in youth through a brief monthly e-mail received from matforce.org.