Dana Point Celebrates Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week, celebrated annually, the last week of October, serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Since it began in 1985, the Red Ribbon campaign has reached tens of millions of U.S. children and families, including right here in Dana Point.
The National Family Partnership (NFP) provides drug awareness by sponsoring the National Red Ribbon Campaign. The NFP was established as a grassroots, non-profit organization in 1980 by a handful of concerned and determined parents who were convinced they should begin to play a leadership role in drug prevention.
Red Ribbon Week is often recognized by communities across the country wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the deadly grip that drug abuse has on many people in America. You’ll see schools decorating fences with red cups that spell out “Drug-Free,” students wearing all red, and special assemblies to speak about the cause.
Although this event has grown, the message has remained the same. Illegal drug use affects everyone, individuals, no matter their age, do not suffer alone. Families, coworkers, and friends all have to witness the effects of a drug user’s habits. As an educator or community leader, you can do your part by sending early messages to the students in our schools.
You, too, can take the National Red Ribbon Campaign Pledge and be a part of the creation of a drug-free America. Strong family participation and added encouragement along the way will help the youth of today achieve their goals in life without the need for drugs. Don’t miss out on the chance to spread the word beyond Red Ribbon Week.