Public invited to Red Ribbon balloon launch

Marion Elementary School invites the community to join USD 408 students and staff members for a Red Ribbon Week balloon launch at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in front of the Marion Post Office.

?Red Ribbon Week is an opportunity for schools and communities to unite and take a visible stand against substance abuse,? said Kris Burkholder, K-8 counselor for USD 408. ?It is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the United States of America.?

The Red Ribbon Week theme for 2012 is ?The Best Me is Drug Free.?

Burkholder said the balloon launch will signify that ?we, as the community of Marion, are uniting together and rising above illegal drug use and peer pressure.?

Participants are encouraged to wear red to show their commitment to stay drug free.

Marion Elementary School will celebrate Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-30. Marion Middle School and Marion High School will celebrate Red Ribbon Week Oct. 29 to Nov. 2.

?All students will be participating in numerous activities during Red Ribbon Week that focus on making healthy and safe choices, not giving in to peer pressure, and the importance of living drug and alcohol free.?

Burkholder and K-9 through 12 counselor Mark Felvus will be leading these activities in their respective buildings.

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