Red Ribbon Week is a national alcohol, tobacco, and drug prevention awareness campaign observed annually (October 26-30 this year at West Creek).
Statistics show that children whose parents talk to
their teens regularly about drug use are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don’t. Yet, only a quarter of teens report having these conversations. This is a great opportunity for families to start such dialogue.
Be Brave, Be Happy, Be Drug Free
Here is our Red Ribbon Week schedule:
*Note: Yearbook submission folder will be open from 6am Friday, October 30th to 9pm Saturday, October 31st.*
Monday: Take the Pledge, then take a photo holding your pledge and upload/submit to the yearbook*! Print Pledge from here.
Tuesday: Drug Awareness Bingo. Use any objects you have around the house to mark your card (coins, buttons, paperclips, pasta noodles, etc.) and have a family member call out the squares for you to mark - have fun! Print Bingo card from here.
Wednesday: Wear a cap to "Put a CAP on drugs," and do a Word Search! Upload/submit a photo wearing your cap and holding completed word search to the yearbook*. Print Word Search from here. (Answer key here.)
Thursday: Prompts for Parents. Discuss the subject with your child(ren). (Collaborated with Mrs. Bolde - school counselor.) Print Prompts from here.
Friday: Plant red flowers. When they bloom, it will be a reminder to stay drug free. No seeds? Use the provided coloring page to color your own Red Poppy Reminder. Print coloring page from here.
Background on Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week began when DEA Agent Enrique Camarena was kidnapped and killed while working undercover in Mexico in 1985. Citizens in his hometown of Calexico, CA responded by wearing red ribbons to symbolize the need to reduce the demand for drugs through prevention and early intervention. Since then, the event has spread across the country and is celebrated every year at the end of October. In 1988, the last full week of October was proclaimed by Congress as Red Ribbon Week in an effort to promote drug free schools and communities. Each fall, schools and communities across the United States participate in activities to teach children about making healthy choices and about the harmful effects of drugs.