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Santa Maria High School students this week joined millions of volunteers to work together to create a healthy environment and lifestyle during SMHS’ Red Ribbon Week.

The national campaign, “YOLO (You Only Live Once) Be Drug Free began Monday and finishes Friday. It kicked off during a lunch rally with the majority of more than 2,600 students signing a banner. Each day, students demonstrated a different theme including dress-up “Red Day” and “Pledge to Keep Hands Off Drugs.” Class competitions, contests and prizes were part of the fun too.

ASB President Yailin Orozco said the Student Council looks forward to participating each year and they all found the atmosphere “exciting”. Senior Maria Diaz agreed, adding “I really enjoy the competitions between the classes, but this year I am hoping my math class wins the free lunch!’’

Activity Director Adrian Salazar said the idea of “positive decision making” really hit home with the students.

“School, learning and making friends are cool, drugs are not,’’ Salazar said.

The events were put on by the ASB (Associated Student Body) and Friday Night Live Club.

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