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McGruff the Crime Dog visiting Lowcountry schools during Red Ribbon Week

McGruff the Crime Dog visits Marrington Elementary (Provided)

National Red Ribbon Week is underway in Lowcountry schools.

The program features McGruff the Crime Dog, who gets kids to commit to staying drug free.

Each day has a special theme and day two’s theme was: "Drugs are Wack! Wear a Hat!"

During lunch, students at Marrington Elementary School in Goose Creek were greeted by McGruff. He was joined by volunteers from NSA Naval Support Activity on Joint Base Charleston.

Students were given prizes as they signed a pledge to remain drug free.

During Red Ribbon Week, the Charleston Center’s prevention specialists also will visit area schools and participate in drug prevention presentations. The hope is that young people will be encouraged to adopt healthier overall lifestyles.

National Red Ribbon Week was created in the mid-1980’s as a way to remember special agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. Camarena lost his life fighting the war on drugs. The campaign teaches young people the negative effects of drugs and alcohol, and asks them to pledge to live a drug-free life.

National Red Ribbon Week runs October 23 - October 27.

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