Many Clay County students were not in school Tuesday for Red Ribbon Day. National Red Ribbon Week is celebrated Oct. 23-31 to honor people who have been killed due to the violence of drugs.
(Top left) Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton leads students through the new jail facility during the Red Ribbon Day.
(Top right) Indiana State Trooper Chris Carter talks about the dangers of meth labs. Students were able to see the bio-hazard suits that are used by law enforcement personnel while cleaning up dangerous materials that can be left behind after a meth lab is abandoned.
(Bottom left) Brazil City Patrolman Clint McQueen tells students about the equipment an officer carries in his vehicle.
(Bottom right) Northview and Clay City high school student members of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) hang up the many pledge cards from all the students attending the event at the courthouse.
Fifth-grade students from every elementary school in the county and student members of the Clay City and Northview S.A.D.D. chapters were not in school Tuesday so they could "March on the Courthouse" during Red Ribbon Day.
National Red Ribbon Week is celebrated every year Oct. 23-31 in honor of people who have been wrongly killed due to the violence of drugs.
Students were able to enjoy fun activities while learning about how to avoid destructive decisions that could forever change their lives.
For those who think the students got a day off from the responsibility of school, Clay Community School Superintendent William Schad had an answer for the students.
"This is the most important class you will attend in your entire school career," he told the crowd gathered on the lawn of the Clay County Courthouse. "What you learn here today will impact upon your life forever. It's important, pay attention and learn today because you are tomorrow's leaders. The decisions you help to make in a few years will lead our country, and we will be watching to see which way you lead us."