Ridgeview Elementary School Counselor Stacy Durham, left, and Desirae Pearcey, director of Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, assist Ridgeview students in signing a banner signifying their pledge to remain drug free. The banner is part of the National Red Ribbon Week program and can be viewed at American Family Insurance.

Photo by Andy Bockelman

Ridgeview Elementary School Counselor Stacy Durham, left, and Desirae Pearcey, director of Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, assist Ridgeview students in signing a banner signifying their pledge to remain drug free. The banner is part of the National Red Ribbon Week program and can be viewed at American Family Insurance.

Craig students sign banner as Red Ribbon Week pledge

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During Homecoming Week in Moffat County schools, students couldn’t go wrong wearing blue and white. This week, a different hue is the fashionable choice.

This week, the Moffat County School District celebrates Red Ribbon Week with a number of activities, such as dress-up days and educational activities about the importance of the cause, a drug prevention program first launched in 1985 to commemorate the life of Enrique Camarena, a Drug Enforcement Agency agent who was killed by drug cartels.

National Red Ribbon Week began in 1988 with the help of then-first lady Nancy Reagan.

One of the main activities local students have been involved in is the signing of a large banner provided by Grand Futures Prevention Coalition that signifies their pledge to remain drug free.

The banner currently can be seen in the window of American Family Insurance. Grand Futures Director Desirae Pearcey received signatures from hundreds of students from Craig Middle School and the elementary schools of Moffat County.

“I’d encourage everybody to go by and check it out,” she said. “I think it’s really important to remind the kids every year about keeping their body healthy and drug free. That can get lost in the rest of the curriculum sometimes, so it’s good to have a week or even a month dedicated to that.”

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