According to National Family Partnership, children of parents who talk to their teens about drugs are 42 percent less likely to use drugs than those who don’t, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations. Today kicks off the start of Red Ribbon Week, a campaign that aims to educate youth about the dangers of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and to promote prevention.
From October 23rd through the 31st, educators, parents and citizens are encouraged to look at the ways they can help stomp out drug and alcohol abuse in our communities. Since it’s inception in the 1980s, the Red Ribbon program has helped educate millions around the world.
Thanks to financial donations from the local businesses, First National Bank of Monterey, Good Oil, Kersting’s, OTES Signs and Simon Speed Shop, officers from North Judson Police Department will be able to visit the NJSP Elementary School with some Red Ribbon Week themed supplies to give to students, including pencils, stickers and coloring pages.
North Judson Town Marshal, Kelly Fisher, said she feels it is important to participate in Red Ribbon Week to create a good connection between students and local law enforcement.
Check out the Red Ribbon Campaign website for ideas on how to get involved with the program that has been making a difference in communities all across the country for decades.