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Communities prepare for
Red Ribbon Week

[Oct. 15, 2005]  MINIER -- The Illinois theme for Red Ribbon Week 2005 is "Be a Hero -- Be Drug Free!" Red Ribbon Week is a nationwide campaign promoting a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Olympia West PTO is sponsoring local activities, along with the communities of Armington, Hopedale and Minier.

Oct. 23 is Red Ribbon Week Prayer Day. All churches in the communities of Armington, Hopedale and Minier are encouraged to recognize the week and ask for support of youth and their families to make right choices in not using drugs and alcohol.

Oct. 24 will be School Spirit Day at Olympia West, and children will wear clothing promoting the Olympia school district. There will be a kick-off assembly at 8:30, when some superheroes will visit the students and staff.

Students and staff are encourage to wear "hat and shades" for Oct. 25. Prizes will also be given during lunch.

Oct. 27 is Give the Boot to Drugs Day, as students are encouraged to wear their favorite boots to school.

Friday is Super Hero T-Shirt Day at Olympia West. Students and staff may wear shirts showing their favorite superhero, athlete or professional. There will be a police canine demonstration, open to the public, at the school park in Minier at 1:15 p.m.

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All three towns will have a parade. The first parade will be in Armington on Oct. 27 at 9 a.m. Students and staff will then go to Hopedale for a 10 a.m. step-off. On Oct. 28, the parade will be in Minier, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Parade routes will be sent home with students during the week. Parents, family members, and business owners and workers are encouraged to line the streets of the three towns to show support and encouragement.

Businesses around the communities will support the students by displaying Red Ribbon Week posters and red ribbons.

For information about the week and volunteer information, please contact Minier Police Chief Daryl Weseloh at 392-2442.

[News release from Carolyn S. Hansen, Red Ribbon Week committee member]

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