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Manteca schools observing Red Ribbon Week Oct. 25-29
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The Manteca Unified School District has designated Oct. 25 through 29 as Red Ribbon Week.

The school board recently approved the event that promotes drug-free events and activities for students.

Red Ribbon Week is part of the statewide parent and community organization, California for Drug-Free Youth, Inc.

During this time, students locally will decorate the outside fence of their schools while incorporating the Red Ribbon Week theme.

Schools will participate in drug awareness activities, with students making statements toward committing to live a healthy life, taking the pledge, “Rule Your World: Make the Drug-Free Choice.”

Plans in the past have included students getting involved in contests, essays, and receiving red ribbons.

Red Ribbon Week also includes businesses, law enforcement agencies, churches, service clubs, and individuals taking part in the national campaign.

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of Americans during the last week of October since 1988.

Each year, more than 80 million Americans take part in Red Ribbon Week.