In an effort to encourage students to be drug-free, several agencies and local law enforcement will encourage students to "March to the Courthouse" in honor of Red Ribbon Day.
This event is scheduled in conjunction with the National Red Ribbon Week campaign that began 20 years ago when the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth joined the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to implement a drug education campaign for students.
The National Red Ribbon Week, which has spread as far away as Europe, is celebrated every year Oct.23-31, and is dedicated to undercover drug officer Kiki Camarena and all of the people who have been wrongly killed due to the violence of drugs.
Arriving around 9 a.m. Tuesday, elementary fifth grade students from Cornerstone, Clay City, Eastside, Staunton, Van Buren and Jackson Township will join with the Clay City and Northview S.A.D.D. chapters in the Kroger parking lot to march to the Clay County Courthouse.
Once there, students will be divided into groups and travel around the courthouse area to learn about the dangers of drugs and destructive decision in their lives. They will be able to participate in the following scheduled activities during the event:
- Students will take tours of the new jail, learn about police vehicles and other activities on the Jackson Street side of the courthouse.
- Judge Blaine Akers and Steve Sutherland will discuss the Clay County superior Court's meth related drug programs on the second floor of the courthouse at site two.
- Debra Plummer, of the Y.M.C.A., has organized prevention activities on the west side of the courthouse lawn at site three.
- The Clay City and Northview S.A.D.D. chapter sponsors Debbie Allen and Jane Jackson have organized student activities on the parking lot of Annunciation Church.
In case of inclement weather, students will be taken into the Clay County Courthouse, and in the event it is unavailable the Y.M.C.A. will be utilized.