Hattiesburg observes Red Ribbon Week

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - At Hattiesburg City Hall Wednesday, Mayor Johnny DuPree issued a proclamation marking Red Ribbon week in the Hub City. The occasion is dedicated to drug prevention activities.

Red Ribbon week is observed by organizations like DREAM of Hattiesburg and others throughout the country that are dedicated to stopping drug abuse.

The Red Ribbon campaign was founded by the family members of a drug enforcement agent killed in 1985 by traffickers in Mexico. DREAM of Hattiesburg has several events planned for Red Ribbon week. Linda Vasquez is the Executive Director of DREAM.

Vasquez said, "And we've trained twenty five volunteers that will be going into nine different schools in our area and providing a thirty minute education program related to drugs and alcohol. We also have the National Guard bringing in their helicopter to Earl Travillion, that will be going on this week."

DREAM also plans to award this week several Hattiesburg elementary school students that participated in a writing contest with the theme of how reading helps them stay drug free.

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