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The following article was posted on November 5th, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 35 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [] - Volume 14, Issue 35

Guadalupe students vow to be drug free


Dressed as nerds for Nerd Day, Kermit McKenzie Junior High School seventh-graders Crystal Contreras, Sarah Castellanos, and Selena Maldonado (left to right) wore ribbons signaling their commitment to living drug free during Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 28 through 31.

Red Ribbon Week swung into Kermit McKenzie Junior High School and Mary Buren Elementary School with a red whoosh on Oct. 28, and Guadalupe’s students dutifully donned their red ribbons and embraced the week with pledges and promises for the future.

More than 1,200 Guadalupe students participated in activities, wore ribbons, and listened to testimonials throughout the week, standing up for healthy and drug-free lives in the process.

“The culture here has improved and our kids are feeling safer,” Debbie Derr, McKenzie Junior High counselor and outreach consultant, said in a press release. “The students are appreciating the opportunities to learn about living a drug-free life.”

Junior high schoolers listened to Los Prietos Boys Camp students tell their stories. The students performed short acts about how they’ve changed their ways after choosing the wrong paths.

“It has been really nice,” McKenzie student Damien Robles said in the press release. “Hopefully this helps everybody make the right decisions now and in the future.”