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Owego Students Participate in Red Ribbon Week

By Molly Darrow.
At Owego Free Academy High School Monday afternoon, some students were seen sporting a certain accessory. An accessory with an important message.

As part of the nationwide Red Ribbon Week Campaign, the Tioga County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (TCCASA) worked with the school to hand out ribbons. These lapel decorations are to raise awareness of the harm caused by drug use.

The anti-drug campaign's message is "respect yourself." Organizers say self respect is important at a time when many students are faced with peer pressure.

"You don't want to be influenced by other people just because they say to do drugs with them. You just want to be yourself and be your own person. And tell them no, that you don't have to do it," said OFA Sophomore Paige Taylor.

"I think that they realize that the choices that they make today are going to impact their lives 10 years, 20 years, 30 years from now," said TCCASA Educator and Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor Tammy Borrelli.

This Wednesday, Owego students are asked to wear red to continue raising awareness. The school's homeroom displaying the most red will win a pizza party. That day, Owego's Mayor will present the school with a proclamation.