Tuesday, October 29, 2013
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Clayton News Daily
Parents of Clayton County Head Start students wait in the cafeteria for the Red Ribbon Week parade to start. (Staff Photo: Kathy Jefcoats)
FOREST PARK — Clayton County Head Start program celebrated Red Ribbon Week recently with a parade, proclamation and parents.
Gary Johnson, South Avenue Center manager, said it is important for children to learn about the perils of drug abuse as early as possible.
Each class adopted an anti-drug theme, dressed accordingly and paraded through the cafeteria in front of their parents and grandparents.
Red Ribbon Week has been observed annually in communities throughout the United States since 1988 to honor the murder of federal drug agent Enrique Camarena.
The week-long drug awareness campaign was organized by National Family Partnership and endorsed by then-first lady Nancy Reagan, who famously told Americans to “Just say no” to drugs.
After the Head Start parade, Forest Park Mayor David Lockhart and Councilwoman Maudie McCord presented Johnson with a proclamation from the city. The officials, including a Clayton County firefighter and Head Start Director Eme Isok-Nsuk, then participated in cutting a red ribbon in a symbolic gesture to kick off festivities.
After the ceremony, parents participated in a health fair and the students ended the morning with games and other activities.