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Teen Court hosting drug prevention activities

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The Curry County Teen Court will be hosting Red Ribbon week for 19 schools across the county bringing drug prevention education in a fun way.

Teen Court Prevention Coordinator Joseph Williams said their are many planned activities for the schools for the week of Oct. 27- 31.

“When talking about staying away from drugs it can be negative and we want it to be fun to learn about,” Williams said.

Williams said the activities and teachings are geared towards elementary and junior high school students. The lessons also go along with the teachers Common Core teachings.

One of the activities teen court has planned is to have the schools dress up for the week.

“Some of the school will be participating in this and some will not, but we even have some making up their own day like up and away day where they get to dress up like superheroes,” Williams said.

Williams said throughout the week, he and other Curry County officials will go to the participating schools and speak to them about drug prevention.

Every school will also be given a daily fact to announce over the intercom and if they remember that fact they will receive small prizes. Also if a student wears a red ribbon they could also get a prize.

The schools can also participate in contest to make the best bulletin or poster board. The school that wins will have their photo submitted to the National Red Ribbon Campaign.

Teachers will also get to participate as they get to see they are “Too Sweet for Drugs.” There will be a jar full of candy for each school. The teacher guessing how many candies are in the jar gets to keep it for the class.

Throughout the week the students will be asked to do a creative assignment about drug prevention.

“It can be a song, a poem, an essay, just whatever they feel like doing, they can turn it in,” Williams said.

At the end of the week the top two students from each school will go against each other and the winner will receive a Samsung tablet.

“We really want the kids to learn a lot and be drug free,” Williams said.

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