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DEFY goes all out for Red Ribbon Week

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: SONJA MCCARTY -  Lucy Naal-Colli (back left), Chris Moore, Cassie McGuffeys (front left) and Chris Benson show off their Red Ribbon Week T-shirts.October is one of the busiest months for Drug-free Estacada Families and Youth — also known as DEFY.

Red Ribbon Week is celebrated every October in honor of slain Drug Enforcement Agency agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.

“The prevention world is very much involved with Red Ribbon Week because it presents an opportunity for communities to unite,” said Susie Tracy, DEFY director. “It’s really a call to action for a community to unite and push back against drugs.”

Tracy discussed the numerous events DEFY has in store for Red Ribbon Week from Wednesday, Oct. 23, to Thursday, Oct. 31.

Estacada Mayor Brent Dodrill has signed a proclamation in support of drug-prevention activities during Red Ribbon Week.

“That’s a big deal for a mayor to sign a proclamation like that,” Tracy said.

DEFY organizers are encouraging local businesses to have baskets of red ribbons available for their customers and to display large red ribbons and posters in their windows to “send a prevention message.” Last year, six businesses participated.This year, Tracy hopes that more than 20 will.

The theme of this year’s Red Ribbon Week is “A healthy me is drug free.”

“The prevention community as a whole has decided to take a positive approach to anti-drug messaging,” Tracy said.

Students are encouraged to take part in an “I choose” campaign at Estacada High School.

by:  ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Estacada Mayor Brent Dodrill signed a proclamation in support of Red Ribbon Week and drug-prevention efforts in Estacada.Those who participate will be given a Red Ribbon Week T-shirt. Participating students will write what they choose to do instead of drugs on white boards and have their photo taken.

The photos will be projected on a screen for the crowds gathered at the homecoming game.

The Estacada High School youth coalition “Above the Influence” is partnering with the Oregon National Guard, the Estacada Fire Department and State Farm Insurance to hold a drug- and alcohol-free tail-gate party for the homecoming game from 1-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, on the high school’s front lawn.

“It’s about providing a healthy activity to divert from alcohol use,” Tracy said.

There will be food, games and activities. Face painting is available for a fee, but those who purchase it will be given a complimentary “spirit towel.” Spirit towels also are available for sale.

Proceeds go toward renting a VIP bus to take students safely to and from prom.

On Monday, Oct. 28, prevention trainer Stephanie Siete will speak at assemblies at the junior high school and high school.

From 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, DEFY representatives will hand out candy with “drug-free messaging” during the Chamber of Commerce’s Creepy Crawl Halloween celebration in downtown Estacada.

“We’d like this movement to grow and grow,” Tracy said.



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