Send a message. Stay Drug Free™

(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – This week youth across the country are taking the public vow to stay drug-free.

The 2019 National Red Ribbon Week theme is: Send a Message. Stay Drug Free.™

Students from Tuscarawas County high schools will meet with Tuscarawas County Board of Commissioners on Monday, October 21st, at 9:15 a.m. to request a proclamation for Red Ribbon Week.

Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness campaign observed each year from October 23-31st. During Red Ribbon Week, red ribbons and the color red symbolize the commitment to raising awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America. In Tuscarawas County Youth to Youth, a drug prevention program provided by Personal & Family Counseling Services, Red Ribbon Week is an opportunity to celebrate teens who are making healthy, drug-free choices. The students meeting with our Board of Commissioners feel passionate about this initiative and have been working to spotlight Red Ribbon Week in their schools and communities.

As stated in the proclamation, our Board of Commissioners will be requested to “hereby proclaim the week of October 23-31, 2018, as Red Ribbon Week and encourage Tuscarawas County citizens to support and participate in drug prevention education activities, making a visible statement that we are strongly committed to a drug-free state.”

Youth to Youth groups across Tuscarawas County will spend October implementing Red Ribbon-themed initiatives. The Tuscarawas County Courthouse will also be lit in red during October 23-31st in observance of Red Ribbon Week.

Izabella Ware, a student from Griswold Middle School in Griswold, CT, created the winning theme for 2019 Red Ribbon Week, which takes place October 23-31. Ware’s theme, “Send A Message. Stay Drug-Free.”  was selected among thousands of Red Ribbon theme ideas submitted by students, parents, educators, and members of communities across America.

  • The theme is a call to action to speak out in support of healthy choices. The theme is also a reminder that by staying drug-free, you are sending a message to yourself and others about how much you value yourself, your overall health, your community, and your future.

The annual National Red Ribbon Theme Contest, sponsored by the National Family Partnership, offers students and other prevention supporters the opportunity to be a part of history. The winning slogan will be used throughout 2019 in thousands of schools and communities across America.

As the nation’s largest and oldest drug prevention campaign, Red Ribbon Week® reaches over 80 million people each year throughout the United States.

Share your Red Ribbon plans/events here. Check out our curriculum ideas here.

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