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GA gov. honors 200 students pledging to be drug free

Press Release

ATLANTA – Pledging to live a drug free life certainly has its
rewards. More than 200 students from across Georgia will be recognized
by Governor Sonny Perdue on April 1, 2010 for their participation in the
Governor's Red Ribbon Campaign. The ceremony will be held at the
Georgia State Capitol in the South Atrium at 10:30 a.m., where award
winners will officially be announced.

"The Governor's Red Ribbon Campaign serves as one of our most
important campaigns for Georgia youth because it encourages living a
drug-free life at an early age," said Cassandra Price, M.B.A.,
director of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental
Disabilities's Division of Addictive Diseases. "This program has
been instrumental in helping parents, teachers and communities talk
about the dangers of drug use and this ceremony is our way of saying
thank you to their commitment to live a drug-free life."

Approximately 27 schools and organizations submitted work to be
considered for the Red Ribbon contest. All the contest winners will be
announced during the ceremony. Art work with substance abuse prevention
themes will be displayed during the program.

The Red Ribbon awards ceremony is the culmination of actives that
started in October during National Red Ribbon Week. National Red Ribbon
Week began as an effort to honor Federal Drug Enforcement Agent, Enrique
"Kiki" Camarena, who was killed in the line of duty. Agent Camarena
was kidnapped and brutally murdered in 1985 while working undercover
investigating drug traffickers. In honor of his memory, friends and
neighbors began to wear red satin badges. In 1988, the National Family
Partnership organized the first Red Ribbon Campaign.

Source: Office of the Governor

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