Van Buren students donate books to law enforcement agencies

By | November 30, 2017 9:44 am

Students who gathered books during Red Ribbon Week to donate to local law enforcement agencies are shown with representatives from Van Buren Sheriff Department, Spencer Police Department, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Students from Van Buren County Schools recently participated in a book drive for law enforcement agencies that serve Van Buren County.

On Nov. 21, 2017, Van Buren County public school students came together to donate books to the various law enforcement agencies in Van Buren County. The students had been collecting books as part of a community project for Red Ribbon Week, which was observed Oct. 23-27.

Since 1988, the red ribbon has been nationally recognized as a symbol of a community’s continuing commitment to reducing the demands for illegal drugs in the United States. In 1985, drug traffickers took the life of United States Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique S. Camarena.

Shortly following Camarena’s death, residents from his hometown began to wear red ribbons to remember him and to honor his sacrifice. In 1988, the National Family Partnership created the first official Red Ribbon Week celebration.

The NFP continues to coordinate the Red Ribbon Week campaign for families, schools, and communities across the nation every year.

Some of the activities during Red Ribbon Week included focusing on promoting drug free lives, as well as focusing on preventing bullying among students, as well as collecting books.

The donated books will be used and shared with children who are involved in car crashes or other situations where a book may give them comfort. The local agencies that received these books were the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Van Buren County Sheriff Department, and Spencer Police Department.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Gavin Sullivan, Spencer Police Chief Michael Brock, and Van Buren County Sheriff Eddie Carter were on hand to receive the books for their respective agencies. The students from Mrs. Cronin’s class donated the most books and delivered the books to the agencies.

Van Buren County Sheriff Department, Spencer Police Department, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol would like to thank the students from Van Buren County schools for their help in donating books to be used by children in a time of need.

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