Marion Schools Take Stand Against Drug Use

Marion Schools Take Stand Against Drug Use

  • 11/6/2019 10:23:05 AM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

MARION, OH - Red Ribbon Week carried a message on taking a stand against drugs in the Marion City School District. 

Red Ribbon Week, which takes place between October 28th through November 1st, raises awareness of drugs use and problems related to drugs facing the community. Parents, educators, business owners, and other community organizations promote drug free lifestyles during the week at local schools.

At Marion City Schools, a spirit week was held this year in which elementary building throughout the district participated in activities daily throughout the week. Students from the Teen Institute program at Harding High School spend time in each elementary school sharing a message about the importance of being drug-free.

"Red Ribbon Week encourages our entire community to adopt healthy, drug-free lifestyles," said Marion Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Lawson. "The annual campaign brings together families, schools, and businesses as we look for ways to keep kids and communities drug free."

Red Ribbon Week was founded after citizens in Calexico, California wore red ribbons to honor and remember Enrique S. "Kiki" Camarena, a Special Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administratiion. Camarena was killed by drug traffickers. 

The first official Red Ribbon Week began in 1988. 

"Red Ribbon Week gives us the opportunity to be vocal and visible in our efforts to achieve a drug-free community," said Marion Curriculum Supervisor Lisa Ralph. "Research shows that children are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs when parents and other role models are clear and consistent in their opposition to drug use and the misuse of prescription drugs."

Visit for more information about Red Ribbon Week. 

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