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Leechburg Elks Bring Drug Awareness Program to Leechburg Schools

Written By: Rosemarie Shea, Public Relations, Leechburg Elks Lodge 377
Story Date: October 27, 2010

Over 800 students in grades K-12 formed a human chain around the Leechburg Area School compound recently to send the message to drug dealers that they are not welcome in the Leechburg Schools, as part of the Red Ribbon week Celebration.For schools all over the United States the last week of October is Red Ribbon Week. The Red Ribbons worn during this celebration are a symbol of unity against the illegal use of drugs. This public display came about in response to the tragic 1985 murder of Federal Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique Camarena while he was investigating Mexican drug traffickers. At that time, angry parent groups and others began wearing red ribbons to take a public stand against the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and to show their support for drug-free youth. Major Anthony Shea Jr, USAF/Ret, Leechburg Elks and West Central District Drug Awareness Chairman recently presented two Drug Awareness assemblies at Leechburg Elementary School for the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. Armsrong County District Judge Gary DeComo of Ford City, and Addiction Prevention Specialist, Denise Marano from ARC Manor in Kittanning were featured as speakers. The children were encouraged to wear something red and a hat to school as part of the Red Ribbon Celebration. Approximately 200 students participated in the two assemblies. Each child received a red ribbon, a Drug Awareness coloring book, a Drug Awareness book mark and pencil, and a candy treat.The children were given valuable information on the effects of drugs on their
bodies and their futures and were given the opportunity to
have their questions concerning drugs answered by those
professionals who deal with the results of drug use on a daily basis. These students along with students in the third, seventh, and eighth grades, were also invited to participate in the Elks Drug Awareness Poster and Essay Contests. This years theme for both contests is “Not Now - Not Ever".. It*s never too soon to start talking to your child about drugs, alcohol and tobacco and the Poster and Essay Contests are really good opportunities for parents to begin a dialogue with their child about the dangers of these substances.

Submitted by, Rosemarie Shea, Chairman, Public Relations
Leechburg Elks Lodge 377
228 Market Street , Leechburg, Pa. 15656 Phone; 724 842-8071 after 4 PM

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