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Red Ribbon Week kicks-off with annual breakfast

Area students got up early to take a drug-free oath in honor of Red Ribbon Week.

Posted: Oct. 18, 2017 9:32 AM
Updated: Oct. 18, 2017 9:32 AM

TIPPECANOE Co., Ind. (WLFI) — Area students got up early to take a drug-free oath in honor of Red Ribbon Week.

The Drug-Free Coalition of Tippecanoe County hosted its annual breakfast at The Trails Banquet Facility. Local leaders and members of the Purdue Athletic Department came to show their support. Five members of the RISE program were recognized for being role models to their peers.

Jeff High School Junior Cole Martin said there are many reasons he stays drug-free.

"I've got a future I'm looking forward to. I want to be an engineer. I want to be an athlete. Doing drugs is just going to keep me from doing those things. I've got better things to do, frankly,"  Martin said.

Southwestern Middle School student Hunter Royer said it's all about the choices you make.

"Find a good group of friends who are drug-free and alcohol-free and you know they'll stick that way the whole entire years of your schooling. If someone comes up to you and approaches you to say, 'Hey. Would you like to go out and drink and stuff.' Say no," Royer said.

Next week, area businesses are offering discounts to kids who wear their red ribbons. For a list of those places, click here.

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