Students pledge to be drug, alcohol free

Craig Middle School's drug awareness carnival on Monday set the tone for Moffat County's annual Red Ribbon week.

The carnival, designed to inform students on the dangers of substance abuse, had a question and answer segment for elementary school children. The session was sponsored by middle school students.

It was one of the first programs of the week sponsored by Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and the Substance Abuse Prevention Program.

Red Ribbon week is designed to inform students primarily about alcohol and drug use. It also teaches children better social skills, said Suzie Clark, Ridgeview Elementary School counselor.

"Especially with kids, there is a lot of romance about drugs and alcohol that advertisers try to elicit," Clark said. "My belief is that if a kid knows how to identify with it, and has good communication skills, it makes them less likely to need or try drugs and alcohol."

One of the events at Ridgeview this week includes Wear Red Day, where students sport red clothes to symbolize their pledge to a drug-free lifestyle. The school also will show numerous videos throughout the week on alcohol and drug education.

In preparation for Red Ribbon week, KRAI radio in Craig taped an advertisement done by some local school students that will air later this week, Clark said.

At East Elementary School, students also will will participate in a Wear Red Day on Wednesday, followed by a jelly bean jar contest and a meeting with a police officer.

Craig Intermediate School will celebrate Red Ribbon Week by handing out bracelets and coupons to students, and by participating in the Wear Red Day.

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