The campaign encourages all community members to help educate and advocate for making good decisions, plus lead by example in our own neighborhoods.
Marne, Michigan (PRWEB) October 25, 2016
The last week in October is this year’s national Red Ribbon Week. Sponsored by the National Family Partnership, with combined efforts from schools and communities across the country, Red Ribbon Week’s theme for 2016 is “YOLO: Be Drug Free.” Two sixth graders at Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary School in Claysburg, Pennsylvania chose the grand prize-winning theme. Serenity Recovery Center, locally, is jumping on board with the “You Only Live Once, so make good choices” message of the campaign.
What began in 1985 in memory of a fallen Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent, with red ribbons worn to honor his sacrifice, has grown into a nationwide educational opportunity. The National Family Partnership sponsors a national contest for a theme each year. The young people who chose this year’s theme were inspired by the words of one of their classroom teachers, who encouraged them to live in such a way that you can be proud of your daily decisions.
Choosing to “just say no” to drugs, alcohol and tobacco is a choice for a brighter future. The campaign encourages all community members to help educate and advocate for making good decisions, plus lead by example in our own neighborhoods.
Community members of any age can participate, from entering the Red Ribbon Photo Contest, to joining a school-wide campaign, to simply wearing a red ribbon the last week of October, friends and family members are joining in the fun. A number of schools are holding Red Ribbon Rallies, and government officials are declaring October 23rd-31st Red Ribbon Week in their local communities.
Even if you cannot join a local activity, community members can go to the official Red Ribbon Week site, redribbon.org, and take the Drug Free Pledge. By signing the pledge, citizens agree to talk to the children in their lives about the dangers of drug abuse, as well as agreeing to such terms as setting a good example for the young people in their lives.
Serenity Rehab Recovery is committed to education and advocacy for the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse. We recognize that as we join together as a community, through such events as Red Ribbon Week, we make a greater collective impact in the lives of the young people in our communities.