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VOICE visits schools to raise awareness about harmful effects of illegal drugs

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Posted at 8:03 PM, Oct 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-24 21:14:07-04

This week, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the harmful effects of illegal drugs visited schools in honor of Red Ribbon Week.

The group called VOICE, put on a skit for West Avenue Elementary students in Waco to show them the importance of making smart choices and avoiding harmful substances.

VOICE Region 7 Program Director Marian DeLeon Smith said they go to schools in Central Texas and teach prevention curriculum. 

"It's not just saying no to drugs. We teach them life skills so when it comes to making those choices, to either dabble into tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, when that choice comes, they are like 'I have something better to do. I have a goal, I have a dream. I have a vision,'" DeLeon Smith said.

She added her team will also visit other schools this week in Bell, Hill, Lampasas, Falls and Navarro counties.

The Red Ribbon Week national campaign started in 1985 in honor of a Drug Enforcement Agent killed by drug dealers.

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