The Indianapolis Star from Indianapolis, Indiana on October 22, 1989 · Page 29
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The Indianapolis Star from Indianapolis, Indiana · Page 29

Indianapolis, Indiana
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Sunday, October 22, 1989
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1989 -THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR- B-3 Red ribbons to convey anti-drug message Schools, police, mayor will participate in positive effort By JOHN R. O'NEILL STAR STAFF WRITER Allison Axsom and Courtney Maxwell were called Into the principal's office at Central Elementary School in Pike Township last week. But they weren't in trouble. The Pike High School students were at the school to help kln-dergartners stay out of trouble. Allison and Courtney were among about 40 "ambassadors" from the high school who agreed to speak at elementary and middle schools In the district. It was part of a week-long and week early observance of the second annual National Red Ribbon Campaign against drugs. "I knew that when I was in middle school, I got Into a lot of trouble," Allison said. "Since then, I've learned it doesn't do you any good, and if I could do anything to get that message across, 1 was going to." Jean Pock, one of the campaign's organizers in Indiana, wants people to observe the campaign this week by wearing red ribbons to declare that they don't use illegal drugs. Combining that with red ribbon decorations will make a lot more people aware of the drug problem. Pock said. Last week, the Pike Township ambassadors tried to make the younger students' aware of how not to become part of the drug problem. "The little kids are cute," Allison said. "They get excited and ask questions." She found, however, that some pupils have statements to make instead of questions to ask. At one school, a girl de- Mv Bit ' i fa. i : : Jennifer Simms listens as a young child explains his grown-up concern about drugs. clared that her father was an alcoholic. . "They didn't tell me about this," Allison said. Pike Township schools observed the campaign last week because the township schools, along with other school systems, will be closed two days this week for teacher conferences. Pike organizers wanted five days of activities. "Red ribbons aren't going to solve the drug problem. But it will exert pressure," Pock said. "It's going to put some people on a guilt trip." Pock Is executive director of the Indiana Federation for Drug-Free Youth, Inc! She also sits on the Governor's Commission for a Drug-Free Indiana. Nationally, the campaign is directed by the National Federation Of Parents for Drug-Free Youth. That group sent 50,000 brochures across the country, said Sharon Rose of the federation: A national klckoff ceremony will be Monday on the west steps of the Capitol in Washington, Rose said. At Central Elementary, as at other schools in the township, the week's activities included decorating with lots of red crepe paper. There also was a bulletin board near the front entrance of the school which every student signed to announce his or her drug-free status. And Principal Tom Little was especially happy to have the ambassadors visit. "Sometimes kids will listen to other kids as role models, rather than listening to adults," he said. Courtney's brother was in a sixth grade class she spoke to. "I think they look up to us," Courtney said. "My little brother does, and I know his friends do." The Pike Township ambassadors were recruited by Pike Families in Action, a non-profit group started in 1 987 by parents who wanted to combat alcohol and drug use by students in Pike Township schools. Cindy Porteous, president of the group, said the red ribbons fit neatly into that message. "It focuses on an issue in a Hit - n st, j HmfrT H3B8 k: rffi, 11:1 1 ' I "11 M S,'?j lilt? SMr ffljllp 3 i mm&miWUm s Muim,mrmmwm ' n....V.A L & : -: jJ L Youngsters skip past anti-drug hallway posters, but they got the message from their visitors. very positive way," Porteous said. "Instead of saying, '.We have a drug problem what are we going to do about it?,' it brings it down to what I personally believe in." Pock hopes television anchors around the state will wear red ribbons on the air this week. Actually, she hopes everyone around the state will wear red ribbons. Until now. Pock had no idea how many people would be participating in the campaign. She sent 20,000 brochures out to businesses, schools (every one in the state, she said), government agencies and civic groups, asking them to find some way to participate. But she has no way of knowing who's doing what. Here's what some folks are doing: A ceremony will be held Tuesday on the plaza south of the City-County Building. Among those attending will be Mayor William H. Hudnut, Indianapolis Police Chief Paul A. Annee and Pock. Hudnut will put a red ribbon on the antenna of his car. There also will be ribbons on all Indianapolis Police Department cars, said Mark J. Goff, a Hudnut aide. Later this week, winners will be announced in the eighth annual Just Say No poster contest for fourth and fifth graders from Marion County. A memo has been sent to all department heads in state government, urging them to find some way to observe the red ribbon campaign. "I think you'll see more of a focus on drugs in the next few weeks, and the red ribbon campaign will be part of that," said Jeffrey Modisett. who sent the memo. Modisett was named by Gov. Evan Bayh recently to be state "drug czar." All Indianapolis Public Schools principals have gotten .letters from Jim Arvin, drug education coordinator for IPS. The letter urges principals to find'a way to participate in the red ribbon campaign, and includes suggestions on what could be done. It also includes advice for other anti-drug activities. Arvin hopes to use the campaign to Increase awareness and ' boost the number of Just Say No clubs in Marion County schools. The Indiana Pacers will use their exhibition game Friday against the San Antonio Spurs to highlight the red ribbon campaign. Ribbons will be given to the first 10,000 fans at the game in Market Square Arena. The Pacemates cheerleaders will perform a routine at half time using the red ribbon campaign theme song. Pacers coaches and ushers will wear ribbons. The inside of the arena will be decorated, as will the third-floor walkway overlooking Market Street, said Greg Jamison, vice president of business operations for the basketball team. In addition to all those activities, Pock hopes the red ribbons will be a popular decoration just about everywhere this week. "The red ribbon provides a visible tool," she said. "If we work together and I, being drug-free, have my red ribbon on and you don't, I'm going to say to you, 'Where's your red ribbon?' You're going to look like you're nof for a drug-free America. It's going to put positive pressure on people to be drug-free." A WUE s pout soiuira to v mm mi mmm weeds. And you're looking at a STAR as in STAR Dealership. All you have to do is find the STAR Dealership in your community. STAR stands for Special Training and Recognition. 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