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‘Too Smart to Start’

Second graders from Ashkar Elementary School in Hughesville from Melissa Labatch’s class hold their new water bottles in the air. The bottles were donated by Barry Rake of the Too Smart to Start program. The program is sponsored by the Lycoming County Commissioners & West Branch Drug and Alcohol Abuse. These bottles were just some of the 600 water bottles donated to the school and are a small part of the nearly 13,000 bottles donated to schools in Lycoming County.

The bottles also were part of the school’s “Red Ribbon Week” which encourages drug and alcohol free and other healthy habits. That school program is observed annually in October and is the nation’s largest and longest running drug awareness program.

The program is Oct.23rd-Oct.31st.Each day the school observes this with different activities.Monday Oct. 26th: Red day- students where red to schoolTuesday Oct. 27th: Follow your dreams day-students wear pajamas or comfy clothes to schoolWednesday Oct. 28th:Hats off to being drug free day-students wear a crazy hat, winter hat, or any hat to schoolThursday Oct. 29th:Drug free from head to toe day-students style their hair crazy and wear crazy socks to schoolFriday Oct. 30th:Team up against drugs day-students should wear their favorite sports team or Hughesville Spartans clothes to school. DAVE KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette Correspondent

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