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MATForce brings drug-free message to area schools

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Chino Valley’s Heritage Middle School students decorated doors for Red Ribbon Week with a “Proud to be Drug-Free” theme.

Courtesy photo<br> Chino Valley’s Heritage Middle School students decorated doors for Red Ribbon Week with a “Proud to be Drug-Free” theme.

MATForce donated 8,700 red ribbons to 20 area schools in honor of national Red Ribbon Week with the message "Choose to be Drug Free."

In Chino Valley, Heritage Middle School students participated in daily anti-drug themes, including "Proud to be Drug-Free," for which the students wore red, had a hat day to "Put a Cap on Drugs," and, on another day, wore all black to "Black Out Drugs." A school assembly featured MATForce Speakers Bureau member Bob Farster, who told students about his personal struggle overcoming alcohol and drug addiction.

Students from Bradshaw Mountain Middle School in Dewey participated in a variety of Red Ribbon Week events including a "Turn Your Back on Drugs Day" by wearing their clothes backwards and "Boot Out Drugs Day," wearing boots to school. Students also attended an assembly in which a MATForce Speaker Bureau member who told the story of how drug abuse affects the family as a whole.

Prescott Valley Charter School students also participated in many activities with the goal of creating awareness concerning the problems related to the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other legal and illegal drugs. Students demonstrated their commitment to a drug-free America by wearing red and displaying their red ribbons. They signed banners pledging to be drug-free and tied red ribbons on the fence outside of school.

For more information on MATForce educational resources and materials, go online to matforce.org.

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