RED RIBBON CELEBRATIONOctober 23rd - 31st
Red Ribbon Week 2013 was a great success in North Carolina. Various substance abuse coalitions, non-profit organizations, schools, etc. worked hard to provide child and community education regarding the dangers of substance use. Below are some of the events that took place across North Carolina. (Click on each location’s title to learn more about their organization.)
Alcohol and Drug Services partnered with the Housing Authority, YES Program, the Health Department, Girl Scouts, and the Adolescent Substance Abuse Agency to provide a fair called “Positive Choice Day.”
C.A.R.E participated in a Fall Festival where they gave out Red Ribbon Week supplies, candy, and 50 medication lockboxes for free. They also had a photo/video contest at the alternative school and youth signed a pledge not to abuse drugs.
Chatham Drug Free supported several schools in celebrating Red Ribbon Week. Schools have themed days, such as “Twin Day” or door decorating contests. One school participated in “Plant the Promise”. The children were taught about living healthyd an growing up drug free. Each student, kindergarten through 5th grade, planted a tulip bulb in front of the school. Each season, this tulip will regrow and remind the students of promise they planted! Approximately 1,500 students were reach by ChathamDrug Free during Red Ribbon Week.
Coastal Horizons Center provided technical support and education to 26 girl scouts from Daisy to Cadet and troop leaders/parents. The girls practiced refusal skills and reading questions to volunteers in preparation for their information booth at Trunk or Treat, which was attended by approximately 300 children and parents. Cape Fear Area Girl Scouts used the materials to earn a special Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Red Ribbon Celebration Patch.
Eastpointe supplied Red Ribbon Week banners, ribbons and pencils to schools in Bladen, Columbus, Duplin, Edgecombe, Greene, Lenoir, Nash, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne, and Wilson Counties.
Hunt High School hosted a Pledge Day. During lunch, students signed pledge cards and picked up Red Ribbon items.
Integrated Family Services, PLLC was honored to provide Red Ribbon Week education to various schools, almost 700 students, in Northeastern North Carolina. They provided education on The Truth about Drugs including information on tobacco, marijuana, alcohol, inhalants and cocaine as well as designer drugs including “molly”, “purple drank”, “skittles” and “strawberry meth”. Students made a pledge to be drug free and help their school and community to stay drug free. School Resource Officers were invited to participate in the presentation by including information on drugs from the law enforcement perspective.
Orange Partnership for Alcohol and Drug Free You co-hosted the “Do Something” with Mothers Against Drunk Driving of NC. They had 40 volunteers flood Hillsborough and surrounding rural Orange Co with over 600 red bows and approximately 2000 smaller ribbons. Two middle schools hosted events encouraging youth to take a drug free pledge. High school students involved in ADAPT, an on campus youth advocacy group, promoted their own message of “Top Three Things” they, as peers, can do to prevent underage drinking and substance abuse.
Mt Zion AME (a faith partner of Orange Partnership) hosted an Awareness, Education and Prevention forum for youth and adults. Mt Zion hosted the first ever Operation Medicine Drop for the rural, northern part of Orange Co. They received approximately 5000 pills and 44 new Safe Homes Network pledges.
The Power of U used the Red Ribbon Storybook and red ribbons at elementary schools.Schools were very receptive to the Red Ribbon Storybook.
The Wilson County Substance Abuse Coalition partnered with Eastpointe MCO, NC Parent Resource Center, and Wilson All-American Kiwanis Club to host a Red Ribbon Week drawing contest among the youth of employees at Wilson County Department of Social Services, Wilson County Health Department, and Wilson Medical Center. The 3 winners each received a gift card and their drawings were published in the local newspaper.
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