Photos and text By Eric Heinz

A stream of people wearing red flowed down Avenida Del Mar on Monday, Oct. 15, as schools in San Clemente kicked off Red Ribbon Week, which is designated as a commitment for students to live drug-free lives.

Mayor Tim Brown spoke at the event and presented Jan Sener with a plaque honoring her for 30-plus years of working on Red Ribbon Week.

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Dana Point Police Services Chief Lt. Margie Sheehan also spoke at the event in place of San Clemente’s Chief Lt. Mike Peters, sharing a story about her own family’s downfall with opioid abuse.

During the week, students are asked to make a pledge to not abuse or use drugs and to educate others about the hazards of such substances.

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