Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Red Ribbon campaign promotes drug-free living to Chatham schools

Raising awareness of the dangers of alcohol and drugs. That's the goal of the Red Ribbon campaign

This week, Ball-Chatham students will engage in activities to promote a drug-free and healthy lifestyle.

Monday morning, University of Illinois Springfield student athletes visited each elementary school for assemblies on what it means to have academic and personal goals.

Ball-Chatham officials say the students get excited to see these student athletes. "They're like royalty to these kids. These kids really look up to them and hang on to every word they say so it's been such a blessing to have them come out and talk to us about the same type of things we're already talking about this week, making those safe and healthy choices and staying drug free and resisting peer pressure," said Kristin Ribley, Glenwood Elementary counselor.

UIS has invited the students to attend the UIS vs. McKendree soccer games on Wednesday at Kiwanis Stadium. Students can attend free of charge if they wear Titan gear.

The story was featured on WICS Newschannel 20 on Monday, October 27, 2014.

Watch the story online.