Earlier this week, it was Frankenstein's monster, Woody Woodpecker and Glendale Mayor Larry Zarian. Tonight, it's the Glendale Police Department and Officer (Take a Bite Out of Crime) McGruff. On Friday, it's baseball star Darryl Strawberry and actress Kirstie Alley.
The cartoon characters, celebrities and local politicians are visiting several Glendale schools through Friday as part of Red Ribbon Week, a nationwide campaign against drug abuse.
The event began in 1985 as a tribute to slain federal drug enforcement agent Enrique Camarena. This year, Glendale's 26 schools have given students and teachers red ribbons and bracelets that symbolize opposition to drug use, said Priscilla Mahnken, a Glendale PTA Council member who organized the local campaign.
A few schools have invited celebrities, written rap music and sponsored poster contests to help get the anti-drug message out, Mahnken said.