CUSD prepares for Red Ribbon Week of Events

Weldon Elementary students march through the streets of Old Town Clovis in a stand against drugs during their annual Red Ribbon Week Parade, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. (Clovis Roundup file photo)

October 23, 2023 – Red Ribbon Week returns to Clovis Unified School District for October 23rd-27th, and will attempt to educate students across the district about the dangers of drugs. By highlighting the devastation and the ever increasing dangers of drug use, CUSD hopes to provide not only an education to students but a lasting memory.

Events this year include the annual parade, dress-up days, rallies, spirit contests, multiple helicopter landings, and visits from Assemblyman Jim Patterson and boxing world champion Jose Ramirez.

Superintendent Dr. Corrine Folmer says, “The dangerous, and sometimes deadly, consequences of drug use are a reality in today’s society and a threat to our students. That’s why Red Ribbon Week is such an important time for our entire community.”

CUSD cited the Center for Disease Control in a press statement, relaying, “The number of overdose deaths involving opioids nationwide, including synthetic ones like fentanyl, was 10 times higher in 2021 than it was in 1999.

In Fresno County, fentanyl is the highest cause of opioid deaths according to data from the California Department of Public Health.”

Some of the events available to parents and the public include the Weldon Warriors’ Annual Red Ribbon Week Parade in downtown Clovis, the Assemblyman Jim Patterson’s visit to several elementary schools, and the helicopter fly-in which will be flying in world boxing champion Jose Ramirez.

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