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Published: Wednesday, 10/16/2013

'Walk of Light' kicks off anti-drug Red Ribbon Week

BY NATALIE TRUSSO CAFARELLO
BLADE STAFF WRITER

The Sylvania Community Action Team will kick off Red Ribbon Week, a drug prevention campaign, with the Walk of Light on Thursday.

"The annual walk is a celebration of children and young adults making good choices in their lives and reminds parents that they are the role model for their kids," said Deb Chany, executive director of SCAT.

The organization, which aims to promote a healthy drug free lifestyle among youth, invites the public and area schools to join the event hosted from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Northview High School’s stadium, 5403 Silica Dr.

Community leaders will be there, Southview High School teacher Stewart Carr will speak about making good choices, and those in attendance will be urged to take a pledge.

"Children will take a pledge to live alcohol and drug free lives and be respectful of others, while parents will take a pledge to develop pride in their children," Mrs. Chany said.

SCAT’s senior high school mentoring group, SCAT Crew, will perform an anti-bullying skit.

The event will end with participants walking in solidarity around the stadium with mini-flash lights, which underscores the evenings motto:  “Let the best of you shine.”

In honor of the national Red Ribbon Week, SCAT will coordinate events and activities that promote respect and drug free lives with Sylvania School District and the Sylvania Franciscan Academy from Oct. 21 to 25.

For information about the Walk of Light and SCAT visit www.sylvaniascat.org. For information about the Red Ribbon campaign visit redribbon.org.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or ntrusso@theblade.com, or on Twitter @natalietrusso.



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