The country’s longest drug prevention campaign kicks off today across Angelina County.
Red Ribbon Week promotes healthy, drug-free lifestyles through a variety of activities within the school districts, and also gives the community the opportunity to take a stand against drugs.
The theme this year is “It’s Up To Me To Be Drug-Free.”
The Region 5 Prevention Resource Center (PRC) in Nacogdoches, a program of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council, is providing resources for Angelina County districts to continue the Red Ribbon Week tradition.
Previously, the Coalition provided resources to the schools through the PRC, but because their mission changed this summer to focus more on implementing public policy, the Nacogdoches center stepped up to make sure Red Ribbon Week would be celebrated locally.
In a previous The Lufkin News article, Jean East, the Coalition’s school/business coordinator, said funding from the state was the main reason they would no longer be able to help the schools with Red Ribbon Week.
“We’re not saying that those are bad events,” East said in the article. “They’re just not in our mission. It would be better served by other organizations that do those events.”
In addition to red ribbons and wristbands, the PRC clearinghouse provided items such as activity and coloring books, bookmarks, pamphlets, posters and stickers for distribution, according to a press release.
“It’s a chance for schools to support our services and be both visible and vocal in our desire for drug-free schools and communities,” PRC Prevention Coordinator Melissa Mallory said in the release.
The national observance will be celebrated Oct. 23-31.
For more information about Red Ribbon Week, contact the Region 5 Prevention Resource Center at (936) 569-7678.
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