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Updated: 10/29/2013 9:40 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA)-- Students in the Tupelo Public School District are taking a week to show they are pledging to be drug free.

"Because if you won't be drug free, you wouldn't be healthy or smart,"said Parkway second grader Carlos Medina.

On Tuesday, Parkway Elementary students took time to write, discuss, and draw a picture of their future drug free lives. 

School Counselor Liz Maslye says it's all a part of the school's effort to teach their students good habits at a young age.

"The approach we take is talking about the effects drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes can have on their body. And, we talk about things they can relate to [like] the way their brain works or the way their lungs," said Maslye.

Masley says everyday of Red Ribbon Week has a different theme.

"We just try and make Red Ribbon Week as much fun as we can for the students, for the staff, and for the parents who get to dress their children up," said Masley.

School officials say since Red Ribbon Week falls around Halloween every year, they also incorporate lessons on how students should approach the holiday and all the sugary goodies that follow.

"We shouldn't get that much," said Carlos.

School officials say if they get students on the right track now, the healthy habits they develop will hopefully follow them into adulthood.
"It's perfect timing if you think about it because it gives us the oppurtunity to talk to boys and girls about making those healthy choices with their foods, and not eatting all their candy in one setting," said Masley.
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