Red Ribbon week begins next week, October 23rd through 31st. The week is a nationwide awareness campaign that is held annually to bring attention to the mission of “keeping kids drug-free.” The National Family Partnership (formerly the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth) began the campaign in the 1980’s.
“Our mission is to lead and support our nation’s families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug free youth,” states the National Family Partnership. “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 caused by drugs in America. In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration.
oday, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.”
In Redfield, the local Spink County Coalition has many events planned for Red Ribbon week. Following is a list provided by the Redfield’s Spink County Coalition:
“The Spink County Coalition has TONS of fun events coming up for Red Ribbon Week, October 24th-31st 2021!”
All Week- Red Ribbon Scavenger hunt for MS/HS students on and around Main Street! If the kids can find all 12 ribbons and tell us where they are hidden, they can be entered for a drawing for a gift certificate.
Oct. 26th- We will have a resource table at the volleyball game for drug awareness.
Oct. 27th- Wear RED Day! We invite the community to wear red to show your support!
Oct. 28th- Elementary Safety Day for elementary students, Redfield SADD along with the Sherriff’s office will do a safety presentation for Halloween!
Oct. 29th- Hidden in Plain Sight event at Parent Teacher Conferences, where we will take you through a typical teenagers’ room, and educate parents about some possible signs of drug use to look for.
“Tune into the Spink County Coalition Facebook page for more information regarding all these amazing events.”