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APD Lieutenant is Red Ribbon Week speaker

October 27, 2006

Albany -- Educators at one Albany elementary school concluded Red Ribbon Week with strong encouragement for their students to say no to drugs.  

Albany Police Lieutenant Kenn Singleton spoke to the fifth graders at Westown Elementary School. Singleton emphasized that the young people could make their dreams and goals come true, if they stayed away from drugs. Westown students have learned about the danger of drugs during Red Ribbon Week.

Educators say strong role models from the community make an impact on the students. School Counselor Felecia Hawkins said "sometimes hearing someone from the outside, who is actually on the front lines, who they understand and see the drug problems, can make it more relevant to their lives today."

Lt. Singleton told the students using drugs could keep them from achieving their future dreams.

As part of Red Ribbon week, these students took a pledge to stay drug free.  

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