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La Cañada High puts spotlight on substance abuse dangers

Spartans participate in activities during Red Ribbon Week, marked throughout the La Cañada Unified School District.

October 26, 2011|By Carol Cormaci, carol.cormaci@latimes.com
  • While getting ready to decorate the LCHS campus for Red Ribbon Week, PTSA students and volunteers gather around one of the banners to be displayed.In the front row: Students Valerie Roth, Katharine Henry, Marissa Glidewell and Michael Glidewell. In the back row: Student Caitlyn Seto, Noelle Duryee from Dilbeck Real Estate Living, students Gina Choi, Macall Conroy, Brianna Pygin, Hannah Yoho, Virginia Ruano, and parent volunteer Tanya Wilson, who also serves as LCHS safety officer. (Photo courtesy of LCHS PTSA)
While getting ready to decorate the LCHS campus for Red…

The dangers of drug and substance abuse are being highlighted this week on the La Cañada High School campus, where the Student PTA is sponsoring a wide range of activities.

LCHS students this week have decorated the campus with red ribbons, received red bracelets and taken a pledge to remain drug-free. By the end of this week they will have had the opportunity to view a wrecked car; listen to inspirational speaker Daniel Puder, Ultimate Fighter, WWE wrestler and the author of “My Life, My Power”; and witness a sheriff’s deputy simulate drunk driving on an obstacle course, among other activities.

Red Ribbon Week is a really special tradition at LCHS,” said student co-chair Gina Choi. “So many of our student body have been touched by the negative impact of drug and substance abuse, whether through people they know casually, close friends or even family members.”

Dilbeck Real Estate Living provides the students with the red wristband to wear as a reminder to remain drug-free. “We are honored to support our La Cañada schools in this important Red Ribbon Week campaign,” stated Barry Jones, branch manager of the firm’s La Cañada office.

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Red Ribbon Week organizers suggest parents check out the website parent.drugfree.org for “The Parent Tool Kit,” free, practical tools for keeping kids safe from the dangers of substance abuse.

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