Pubdate: Sat, 30 Oct 2004
Source: News-Item, The (PA)
Copyright: 2004 The News Item
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COAL TOWNSHIP -- Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School's Students 
Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) participated in a Red Ribbon Campaign 
Monday through Friday in observance of National Red Ribbon Week.

The week-long observance, celebrated in schools nationwide, is held to 
symbolize and promote the importance of a drug-free lifestyle. The Lourdes 
student body participated in various activities to create peer unity and 
awareness of the consequences of drug use.

Among the activities was a homeroom door decorating contest where classroom 
doors were decorated with the theme of a commitment to safe, healthy and 
drug-free lifestyle. Prizes were awarded for first, second and third place.

Red ribbons were distributed for all students to wear, and SADD members 
decorated cars with red ribbons.

Thursday was "Grim Reaper Day," which promoted the message that every 33 
minutes, someone is killed in a drunk-driving crash. A special bell rang 
every 33 minutes during the school day, and SADD officers dressed up as 
grim reapers to pick "victims" at those time intervals. The "victims" were 
not allowed to talk the entire day.

Students who wore their red ribbons the entire week received prizes. A 
continuous stream of enthusiasm and pride was evident throughout the week.

SADD officers are: President, Seamus West, vice president, Veronica 
Kalejta; secretary, Sarah Tenon; and aide, Joshua Filer.
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