Friday, October 26, 2012

CCSO Participates In Annual Red Ribbon Walk

Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies joined students sporting red shirts Friday in Lely Elementary School’s 13th annual Red Ribbon Walk.

The yearly event highlights Red Ribbon Week and brings deputies, school personnel and students together to make a very visible stand against drugs and alcohol use. Red Ribbon Week educates students about the dangers of drugs.

In addition to the walk, students heard from guest speaker CCSO Cmdr. Beth Jones, who discussed the importance of making good choices and saying no to drugs.

Deputies were on hand to talk with students about the dangers of drugs. The CCSO D.A.R.E. car was on display and a pledge car was also available for students to sign, showing their commitment to live a drug-free lifestyle.

Students were surprised and delighted by a teacher flash mob dancing to the sounds of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” just before the walk started.

Dr. Susan Barcellino, Lely Elementary principal, said the staff at the school is committed to making this a memorable event every year.

“At the end of each school year, many students tell us this walk was one of their favorite events all year, ” said Dr. Barcellino.

Photo by Krista Williamson/CCSO