CARTHAGE, MO.--- Carthage school leaders are teaching elementary students the importance of saying no to drugs. Red Ribbon Week is a way for young people to stand up against drug use across the country. Carthage school leaders tell us why it's crucial to teach kids about the effects of drugs at early age.
Pleasant Valley Elementary students are taking a stand against drugs.
"Today, we were celebrating Red Ribbon Week by all of us holding balloons and releasing them into the sky with little notes saying why you should be drug free," said Emmitt Lee, 4th Grade Student.
The activity had an impact on the students.
"I'm grateful that my school is safe and drug free," said Lee.
The Pleasant Valley principal says it's exciting to see the students passionate about their messages.
"They really are concerned with making a difference and they want to be that positive change in the world," said Scott Ragsdale, Pleasant Valley Elementary Principal.
He says school leaders talk about living a drug free lifestyle from the time they enter school.
"It just becomes ingrained in them that the choices that we make, even at an early age, affect us as we become adults. So, they just get used to the idea that drugs are not good for you," said Ragsdale.
The students hope someone finds their balloon and benefits from the positive message inside.
"I wrote that if you take drugs, it could hurt and you could even die from it," said Cassidy Smith, Pleasant Valley Elementary Student.
"I wrote on my note that you need to be drug free and live a healthy life, and that I'm hoping whoever finds that note will listen to it and live a better life," said Lee.
The campaign for Red Ribbon Week began in 1985 when drug traffickers in Mexico killed a DEA agent. The red ribbons symbolize the intolerance toward the use of drugs.
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