A buzz of excitement filled the air of the Harvey Elementary School gymnasium on Monday morning, decked out with festive posters, ribbons, and banners. As music from the Bradford Percussion Group floated in through the open doors, children dressed in red fidgeted eagerly in their spots on the floor.
They were gathered for the opening ceremony to kick off the twenty-fifth annual Red Ribbon Week, a campaign at the local and nationwide level aimed at encouraging a drug-free lifestyle.
Harvey principal, Ursula Hamilton-Perry, began the ceremony, welcoming the many special guests in attendance, including KUSD Superintendent Michele Hancock, Sheriff David Beth, Chief of Police John Morrissey, County Executive Jim Kreuser, and fifth district Alderperson Rocco LaMacchia. Laughs echoed throughout the room when it was revealed that LaMacchia was standing in for Mayor Keith Bosman because Bosman had been called to serve jury duty that morning.