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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Students Against Destructive Decisions at Seoul American middle and high schools will host multiple events Oct. 21-28 as part of their “Red Ribbon Week.”

The group kicks off the week Oct. 21 with a 10K fun run at Collier Field. Other events are to be held daily at the two schools.

A SADD Youth Jam will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 28 on the lawn area between the putting green and Commiskey’s. The event will feature food and entertainment including youth bands, games and skateboarding.

The nationwide organization SADD formed originally as Students Against Drunk Driving in 1981 but changed its name and expanded its focus in 1997, according to the organization’s Web site.

“SADD continues to endorse a firm ‘no use’ message related to use of alcohol and other drugs,” according to the Web site. “With its expanded focus, SADD now highlights prevention of all destructive behaviors and attitudes that are harmful to young people, including underage drinking, substance abuse, impaired driving, violence and suicide.”

Red Ribbon Week is a nationally celebrated event that began as a tribute to the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Enrique Camarena, who was killed by drug traffickers in 1985, according to SADD. Friends and public officials in California began clubs honoring him by asking members to pledge to live drug-free lives.

Call the Adolescent Substance Abuse Counseling Service at DSN numbers 738-6816, 738-6815 or 738-3880 for more information on the local events.

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