Current and former UVI students, from left, Jewelise Fahie, Anisk Tonge (the current Miss V.I. America) and Nailah Williams proclaimed the Red Ribbon Week theme - The Best Me Is Drug Free - with a banner as they led the 2012 Red Ribbon Week Walk and Rally on St. Thomas on Thursday, Oct. 25.
Around 100 students, faculty, staff and supporters, including the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School marching band and dancers, participated in the walk, which moved from a staging area near Cyril E. King Airport to the Recreation Center on campus. Co-hosting the event were the Prevention Council of the V.I. Law Enforcement Planning Commission (LEPC) and the Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse St. Thomas-St. John (COAST). - Click images to view full-size photos.
Some of the UVI student participants followed the band as the group reached the St. Thomas campus. After the walk, they gathered for a rally and speak-out.
Presentations were made by Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Erik Barnard, retired V.I. Police Officer Dennis Vanterpool, COAST Executive Director Shelly Williams and Flemon Lewis from the Law Enforcement Planning Commission. UVI student Deborah Reese served as the MC. The evening concluded with singing and a poetry slam. “I was really impressed with what the students had to say,” said UVI Dean of Students Dr. Doris Battiste. “They were good and creative.”
Ivanna Eudora Kean High School marching band and dancers also performed.