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DUARTE RED RIBBON WEEK KICKS OFF OCTOBER 21st WITH A MARCH AGAINST DRUGS AND A PARENT UNIVERSITY

Tie a red ribbon around our Huntington Drive trees in celebration of RedRibbon Week on October 21st starting at 9:00 am at the Duarte Teen Center, 1400 Buena Vista Street and join the rest of the Duarte community in taking a stand against drugs. The event, courtesy of a Duarte Public Safety crime prevention grant and several community sponsors, will feature free t-shirts, lunch, a pumpkin patch, and arts and crafts while supplies last.  The 2017 theme is “Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free!”.

The march will kick-off a day of free, family activities at the Duarte Teen Center running from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Events will feature one of Duarte Unified School District’s most popular educational program, “Parent University”. Featuring two free workshops presented by drug trend experts from D’Veal Family and Youth Services and the Los Angeles County Probation Department. Classes are designed to educate families on the hazards and signs of problematic drug use. The Duarte Public Safety and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Departments will also team up with the Duarte Unified School District during the weeklong celebration to educate the community’s youth on the dangers of drugs on the various campuses.

Red Ribbon Week is a national, weeklong campaign promoting a drug-free lifestyle. Since 1985, communities nationwide have participated in Red Ribbon Week anti-drug campaign activities to educate youth and the public-at-large about the dangers of drug abuse and to commemorate the ultimate sacrifice made by DEA Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, who died at the hands of drug traffickers in Mexico while fighting the battle against illegal drugs.

For more information about Duarte’s Red Ribbon Week activities, call Duarte Public Safety Crime Prevention Specialist Aida Torres at (626) 359-5671, ext. 316.