Elroy helps kids mark Red Ribbon Week

     NEW SWEDEN, Maine — On Tuesday, Oct. 24, the New Sweden School celebrated Red Ribbon Week, one of the oldest drug abuse prevention campaigns, traditionally held during the last week of October.

     The week offers individuals and organized groups a chance to publicly express their commitment to living a drug-free life and to help others achieve their goal of living drug free.

     Elroy the Elk, the Drug Awareness Program mascot from the Presque Isle Elks Lodge 1954, visited the students along with Maine Elks Association Past State President Gregory Daniels and his wife, Barbara, a retired teacher. The three gave each student at the New Sweden School a red ribbon to wear in order to proclaim their pledge to live drug-free. Additionally, students received a Drug Awareness Program coloring book, crayons, pencils and rulers.

     Elroy, also known as Todd Richards, a member of the Presque Isle Elks, spent time in each classroom to promote a unanimous stand against drug abuse.

    “Elroy the Elk is available to visit with groups of children throughout Central Aroostook in order to promote the message of living drug-free and is able to provide age-appropriate Drug Abuse Program materials,” Richards said.

     Elroy’s visit can be arranged by contacting the Presque Isle Elks Lodge, or its Drug Awareness Program Chair Alan Harding at 764-0985 or 764-0131.