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Red Ribbon Week in Region 2

Red Ribbon Week in Region 2

Red Ribbon Week is almost here! Between October 23 and 31, 2015, HEARTS for Families and organizations across the country will be promoting drug prevention education and advocacy.

Red Ribbon Week is hosted annually by the National Family Partnership and has the mission of leading and supporting our nation’s families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug free youth. This year, the theme of the week is “respect yourself, be drug free.”

Red Ribbon Celebrations in Jenkins, Emanuel and Screven Counties

For the third consecutive year, our Community Involvement Specialist Denise Ward hosted activities to celebrate Red Ribbon Week and prevent underage drinking with the Jenkins Middle School WAIT Abstinence Program on October 7, 2015.

The abstinence program was attended by about 125 students at the Jenkins County Extension Ag Center across from the middle school. Jenkins Family Enrichment staff covered the topics of smoking and drugs and HEARTS for Families covered alcohol. There was a question and answer session with prizes for the students, but the most popular part of the event was the fatal vision goggles. Each different pair of goggles signifies how you would feel after a specific number of drinks. Students tried on the glasses and then tried to walk the “road” or “sidewalk” that was placed on the floor in front of them. They really enjoyed understanding how alcohol changes their ability to function normally.

All three communities in Region 2 will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week between October 26-30, 2015. HEARTS for Families will be sharing information and giving out red ribbons and Be the Wall pencils and bracelets to approximately 250 students from Jenkins County Middle School in Millen, 460 students from Screven County Middle School in Sylvania and 685 students from Swainsboro Middle School.

If you want to celebrate Red Ribbon Week on your own, check out our blog post on how you can get involved.

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