Students celebrate ‘Red Ribbon Week’

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Students celebrate ‘Red Ribbon Week’

WOODBINE – Woodbine Elementary School students on Dec. 3 planted “Red Ribbon” red tulip bulbs at the Woodbine’s Holly Garden and at the state police barracks in Woodbine.

Red Ribbon Week is an annual memorial to Drug Enforcement Agency Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, killed by drug traffickers in Mexico.

The planting was planned for October, but the 10th anniversary of the Holly Garden’s “Autumn Arbor Day” was rescheduled in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.

Students participating in the planting were sixth-grader Victoria London, Luis Mercado, Jaelyn Murphy, Justin Viera and Zhyana Young; seventh-graders Taliah Anderson, Joshua Cooper, Natasha Maldanado, Luke Vineyard, Donald Vineyard; and eighth-graders Charles Bland, Janice Cruz, AJ Davis, Philicia London, Kassandra Ramos, Thalia Maldanado, and Arren Reed. Physical education teacher Jacklyn Merollo brought student peer leaders.

“I find it especially fitting that several dozen of these ‘Red Ribbon’ tulips were planted at the state police barracks, as Red Ribbon week was instituted to commemorate a fallen officer,” Mayor Pikolycky said in a press release. “Our local barracks are in fact are named after fallen New Jersey State Police Sergeant Theodore Moos, Badge No. 2707.”

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