South Side School District will host the Third Annual Van Buren County Red Ribbon Rally Oct. 23, at 9 a.m. in the school’s Fine Arts Building. Several area officials will speak as well as special guest speaker Dean Johnson, founder of the organization Victory4Youth. Mr. Johnson travels the nation with a message of hope, self-esteem, and acceptance to junior high and high school students. All 9th-12th grade students from Clinton and Shirley have been invited to join South Side’s students for this celebration of the movement to have drug-free lives.

Elected officials from Clinton, Damascus, and South Side have also been invited to attend as well as superintendents and school board members from each school. This year’s county-wide theme is “Real Heroes Don’t Do Drugs,” and the county is proud to have the sponsorship of the Ozark Health Foundation in the fight to keep our communities clean and safe from the danger of drugs.