Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - The Sallisaw Now Coalition (SNC) kicked off Red Ribbon Week on Monday, Oct. 24, with a proclamation signing at the Wheeler Event Center in Sallisaw.
Sallisaw Mayor Ernie Martens was present to sign the proclamation declaring the week of Oct. 23-Oct. 31 Red Ribbon Week for the city of Sallisaw.
The proclamation states: "WHEREAS; alcohol and drug abuse affect individuals, families, and communities all across the nation;
WHEREAS; the Red Ribbon Week campaign was inspired by the memory of DEA agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, whose family and friends began wearing satin red ribbons in Camarena's honor and as a symbol to raise awareness of the devastation caused by drugs in America;
WHEREAS; our businesses, government, law enforcement, media, health care providers, religious institutions, schools, and other community-based organizations can also demonstrate their commitment to healthy, drug-free lifestyles by wearing red ribbons and participating in drug prevention activities; and
WHEREA; the Sallisaw NOW Coalition and the City of Sallisaw pledge to use their resources to ensure the success of Red Ribbon Week.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ernie Martens, Mayor of the City of Sallisaw, in the State of Oklahoma, do hereby proclaim October 23-31, as "Red Ribbon Week" in the City of Sallisaw, Oklahoma and encourage all citizens to participate in drug prevention activities during Red Ribbon Week, and to extend those activities throughout the year to show we, as a community, are strongly committed to a drug-free lifestyle."
School districts in Sequoyah County participate in Red Ribbon Week each year by planning activities for students to engage in to create awareness. This year, the SNC was able to supply red ribbon items to all Sequoyah County Schools to distribute to students throughout the week.
SNC staff, board members, and community partners joined youth coalition members from Gans, Sallisaw, and Central schools to celebrate the signing of the proclamation.
Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer
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