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Middle school students say ‘Be Smart, Don't Start'


October 30, 2007

Pittsburgh South Hills Middle School students went out to remind people in their communities about drug abuse by placing red ribbons and to “Be Smart, Don't Start” during Red Ribbon Week.

 Pittsburgh South Hills Middle School students were caught red- handed, placing red ribbons throughout the communities of Banksville, Brookline, Beechview, Beltzhoover and  Mount Washington.

The ribbons are to remind everyone about Drug Awareness to “Be Smart, Don't Start” and live a drug free life.  This event is in conjunction with Red Ribbon Week, a nationally recognized week made possible through S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions), that honors those who choose to stand up against drugs and work to make a difference.

Since the students hung 200 ribbons on October 19 throughout both their districts, Pittsburgh city councilmen Jim Motznik and Dan Deasy jointly presented the students, Principal Dr. Deborah Cox and Student Service Coordinator Tim Pail with a proclamation on October 23 for their efforts of bringing drug free awareness to the South Pittsburgh Communities.

The school hopes to expand and continue its effort annually.


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