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Red Ribbon Week in Muscogee County Schools

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Red Ribbon Week starts Monday for Muscogee County schools, and instead of the standard lecture, once local school is taking the next step to prevent drug and alcohol abuse.

Red Ribbon Week was initially designed to teach kids the dangers of getting involved in drugs, but today the overall theme has changed.

"It's also drugs, alcohol and violence so we combine these together during the week," Sheryl Musgrove, a Carver High School intern told News Leader Nine.

It's a topic students have heard about many times over, but this year administration at Carver High School decided to approach Red Ribbon Week in a different way.

Musgrove said, "Instead of the typical - here's the story, read about it, don't do drugs - we put more emphasis and personality into it if we brought people from the community to talk about it."

Guidance Counselor Bradley Ogletree added, "We're here talking to them one-on-one and through a number of programs that will be put on this week at school. It makes it more personal for them."

Bradford Health, Hope Harbor, Carmike Cinemas and even the Columbus Police Department signed up to come and talk to students about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and abuse.

"I started making phone calls and approached people in the community who I thought would be a benefit to students. They were very receptive, they are willing to do it and it didn't take any time to convince them. They were on board 100 percent," said Musgrove.

Events kick off Monday morning for schools all over Muscogee County including theme days, dress-up events and school assemblies.

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