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TSTC Commemorates Red Ribbon Week on Campus

Thursday, October 30, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

Red Ribbon WeekHolding hands and chanting "say no to drugs" in unison, three- and four-year olds from Texas State Technical College's NINOS Head Start program marched across campus on Tuesday in observance of Red Ribbon Week.

The Drug Free Parade is in its 12th year and TSTC Gender Equity Officer Anna Cortez said 126 kids participated in the march. Cortez organized the parade this year.

"We had one of our police officers speak to them about the dangers of drugs and how to be safe on Halloween since it was right around the corner," Cortez said.

When the group completed their march, they took part in a small rally and were given treats before heading back to their class, Cortez said.

The parade was one of several activities held at TSTC during Red Ribbon Week.

TSTC Counseling & Testing Center Counselor Mike Muniz organized the week's activities which included a police "walk the line" and "drunk darts," a pledge to be drug free and a slam dunk & three-point contest.

The Counseling & Testing Center supports the success of our students by providing counselors and advisors who are eager to assist students with their personal, educational and career concerns. Our counselors and advisors introduce students to the many programs and services offered at TSTC. We offer a wide range of student services, including counseling, critical thinking workshops, outreach programs, referrals and crisis services.

"When you start going to college, life can get stressful and it's easy to turn to short-term solutions like drugs," Muniz said. "We're here to let them (students) know that there are other ways to handle these issues and we're always available to talk to them."

On Wednesday, guest speakers from the South Texas Behavioral Health Hospital made presentations for the TSTC students.

"We want our students to be aware about the dangers of drug abuse including its legal, educational and occupational consequences," Muniz said. "We're just making sure our students are safe and healthy."

For more information on the Counseling and Testing Center, go to http://www.tstc.edu/harlingencounseling.

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