Students Make Pledge during Red Ribbon Week (1)

Students Make Pledge during Red Ribbon Week
Posted on 10/17/2016
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Port Angeles, Wash. - Students at Stevens Middle School have been working hard to prepare for the National Red Ribbon Campaign, a week-long drug and alcohol prevention program, in collaboration with Drug and Alcohol Interventionist Leeann Peterson.  Activities begin on Monday, October 24 and extend through Friday, October 28th.

Daily events are planned to raise awareness. Skits will be performed on Student News Network (SNN) and prevention activities will occur during lunch each day.

On Thursday, October 27, students will gather at 7:00 p.m. in the Stevens Main Gym with classmates and family members for a presentation by Peterson on the Power of Parents.

Peterson says data shows 74% of kids (ages 8-17) say their parents are the leading influence on their decisions to not use drugs or alcohol. 

Participants will enjoy music presentations by the Stevens Jazz Band, Orchestra and Choir, then they’ll have the opportunity to make a symbolic commitment to stay drug free by tossing a stick in to the bonfire.

From the Red Ribbon Campaign website, http://redribbon.org/about/:
“The National Family Partnership (NFP), formerly the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth, was established as a grassroots, nonprofit 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.”

“NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Campaign™. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America. In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.”

For more information, contact Leeann Peterson, Stevens certified prevention specialist, at 360.565.1786.

For additional assistance, call:

Tina Smith-O’Hara
Communications and Community Relations Coordinator
Port Angeles School District