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City of Akron PeaceMakers Partnering with APD, APS and UA


City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of Stephanie York
Published: 10-25-2013


          Akron, Ohio (October 25, 2013) - Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic’s premier youth civic/anti-crime program, the Akron PeaceMakers, is celebrating its 6thannual Red Ribbon Week on October 28 through November 1.  The group is partnering with the Akron Police Department, Akron Public Schools and the University of Akron to educate youth in our community during this week long anti-drug and anti-violence awareness campaign. 

          The 95-member Akron PeaceMakers have students in each of the participating high schools and will ask their high school peers to sign pledge cards denouncing drugs and violence.  Akron Public Schools, and other area schools, have given PeaceMakers permission to have a table in special designated areas to do their pledge sign-ups. All Akron Public high schools will be involved in the week-long awareness program, as well as Akron parochial schools, and high schools in Tallmadge and Green.

          The University of Akron will do the same with their students.  The University of Akron students can sign anti-drug and anti-violence pledge cards Monday and Tuesday in the Polsky’s Building, and Monday through Thursday on the 2nd floor of the Student Union.  The University will also have a anti-drug and anti-violence Red Ribbon Pledge Party, Thursday, October 31, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm featuring music by a local DJ and refreshments. 

          The Akron Police Department will participate by handing out red ribbons to students while on duty in Akron middle and high schools.

          “I am extremely proud of the work our Peacemakers are doing to make their schools better, to make their peers accountable for their actions, and to bring the community closer together,” said Mayor Plusquellic.  “They really get it.  They are making a difference.”

          Red Ribbon Week began as a reaction to the kidnapping, torture and murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Carnarena in 1985.  He and other DEA agents were assigned to monitor and to stop drug trafficking along the U.S. and Mexican borders.

          Soon after his body was found buried in Mexico, Cararena’s family donned red ribbons in his honor. The red ribbons became their symbol for prevention in hopes of reducing the demand of illegal drugs. Later that year, President Bill Clinton and his administration helped launch Red Ribbon Week.

          Slogans on this year’s ribbons read, “We Rule, We Are a Bully & Drug Free School”, “One School, One Goal, Bully & Drug Free”, “Friends Don’t Let Friends Bully or Do Drugs” and “Our School Rocks, Bully & Drug Free.”

          For more information, call Willa Keith, program coordinator at (330) 375-2712 or Billy Soule, Assistant to the Mayor for Community Relations at (330) 375-2660.

For further information, contact:
stephanie york
communications director
Phone: 330-375-2345
E-mail: [email protected]

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