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story.lead_photo.caption Columbia County Sheriff Mike Loe (left) and Magnolia curriculum coordinator Kim Wyrick - Photo by Magnolia Schools

The Magnolia School District recently was a recipient of an Arkansas Sheriff’s Association (ASA) grant award to support the District’s annual Red Ribbon Week. The ASA award of $1,995.49 will be used to purchase incentive prizes for students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Columbia County Sheriff Mike Loe presented the award to curriculum coordinator, Kim Wyrick, who also helps coordinate the Red Ribbon Week activities for the District. The Magnolia School District will observe Red Ribbon Week, October 28 – November 1.

The Magnolia School District supports Red Ribbon Week as an opportunity for District-wide employees, parents and other caregivers and community members to talk to children about the dangers of drug use. The District wants to empower young people to be healthy, drug-free students who learn and succeed in school and in life. Red Ribbon Week presents a visible commitment to a safe, healthy and drug-free lifestyle. It is designed to create awareness of problems related to the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs and to support choosing to live a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. In addition to the age-appropriate school activities, which are available during Red Ribbon Week, the District provides each student and employee with a silicone bracelet, which states the Red Ribbon Week theme of, “Send a Message, Stay Drug Free.” Additionally, numerous local restaurants offer student discounts during the week. Funds from the ASA grant will be used to purchase items to further motivate and enhance the student experiences during the week.

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