SHOC kicks off red ribbon week


Kelsy Wright

SHOC members kick off red ribbon week at Central Park

Kelsy Wright, Web Designer

The week of Oct. 26- Nov. 1, is declared Red Ribbon Week in Owatonna. The drug awareness organization is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The kick-off event was Monday, Oct. 23, at Central Park. Mayor Tom Kuntz started the kick-off with the city’s proclamation for Red Ribbon Week. SHOC adviser Nancy Williams was in charge of the event. SHOC students helped set up and work at the stations. The Steele County Drug Free Coalition was present with games and prizes for the kids. The National Guard made an appearance for the first time at this event with their rock climbing wall. Owatonna Police Department set up an impaired vision goggles station. Williams said, “The partnership between OHS SHOC, Safe and Drug Free Coalition, Kiwanis and the Owatonna Police Department was especially positive. Students and families in the community had an opportunity to hear more about ways to support our youth in being drug free in a fun environment that included games, activities and prizes.”

Kiwanis provided free dinner, including sloppy joes and pop. Two fourth graders from each elementary school were recognized for winning the Power to be Drug Free poster contest and will celebrate this Friday, Oct. 30, at a pizza party. Red bracelets are given to all students this week, and local businesses offer promotions to students wearing the bracelets. Williams said, “I’m especially proud of the way our SHOC students are representing themselves this year with a strong commitment to the positive choices and healthy lifestyle they promote on a daily basis.” Red Ribbon Week will continue until Nov. 1.