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Students walk in anti-drug force
Students walk in anti-drug force
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Students at Carroll Fowler Elementary School marched in favor of a drug-free lifestyle during Friday’s Red Ribbon Week Walk around their campus and adjoining Smyrna Park. A Ceres Fire Department engine led the way. - photo by Jeff Benziger

The entire student body of Carroll Fowler Elementary School celebrated an anti-drug stance Friday morning with a lengthy walk around their campus and adjoining Smyrna Park, led by a Ceres Fire engine.

The walk capped Red Ribbon Week activities. The campus was decorated with red balloons and ribbons to celebrate the effort to promote the idea that drugs are destructive. A banner in front of the school announced that “Eagles soar above drugs” and the school marque told students to “Believe in Yourself.”

Students were carrying banners, pennants and signs filled with messages like “No touching chemicals” to urge classmates to stay away from drugs. Two Eagle mascots and teachers also joined in the walk. As they walked the children chanted “Just say no to drugs!”

Principal Emily Harry said her school has about 644 students and all participated.

Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world in response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena.

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Carroll Fowler students march against drugs. - photo by Jeff Benziger