Date: October 6, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856 Pager

Polk County Sheriff's Office to Help Kick Off Red Ribbon Month

The Polk County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Drug Prevention Resource Center, will be celebrating the annual Red Ribbon Kick-off with the students of Purcell Elementary School in Mulberry on Thursday, October 7, 2004.

The fun will start at 9:00 a.m. with interactive songs and dancing and educational speakers, teaching children how to "Just Say No" to drugs. Then the children will meet McGruff the Crime Dog and Magilla Gorilla, and will have the opportunity to speak with Deputy Sheriffs
and learn about different PCSO equipment, such as the helicopter, motorcycles, K-9 unit, etc.

Every October millions of young people and adults all over America show their commitment to a healthy, drug-free lifestyle by wearing and displaying a red ribbon in honor of Red Ribbon Month. This important campaign’s goal is to raise public awareness and mobilize communities to combat drug and alcohol use among our youth.

Throughout the month of October, Sheriff Crow encourages the community to proudly display red ribbons on vehicle antennae and has authorized the wear of small red ribbons on deputy sheriff uniforms.


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A text only version of this release is also available.

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