Southeast communities host Red Ribbon Week events

October 13 2011

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Behavioral Health Prevention Program is joining with partners in several Southeast Alaska communities to help sponsor National Red Ribbon Week events on Oct. 22-30.

National Red Ribbon Week is a celebration where people and communities unite and take a visible stand against substance abuse. During the week, people wear red ribbons and participate in local projects to show their commitment to a drug-free lifestyle.

“Red Ribbon Week is a chance for communities to encourage and support the youth pledge to make healthy choices and to be positive role models in their communities,” said Wilbur Brown, SEARHC Behavioral Health/Suicide Prevention Program Manager. “By taking the pledge, youth support the mission of Red Ribbon Week, which is ‘no use of illegal drugs, no illegal use of legal drugs.’ We want youth to learn to live a life without substance abuse.”

SEARHC Behavioral Health Prevention Program staff are working with local schools, churches, youth groups, tribes and other organizations to host a variety of local projects during the week. Each community will host its own local events, but some communities still are working out the details of what they will sponsor. If you don’t see your community’s plans detailed below, watch for more information from your school and/or SEARHC, or use the information at http://www.redribboncoalition.com/ to plan your own events.

  • KLUKWAN — Monday (Oct. 24) is “Turn Your Back on Drugs” day and students wear their clothes backward and make red pom-poms. Tuesday is “Don’t Let Drugs Turn Your Life Inside Out” day, so students wear their clothes inside out and design red t-shirts. Wednesday is “Don’t Let Drugs Make You Crazy” day, where students wear crazy hairstyles and hang their red pom-poms around the community. Thursday is “Hugs Not Drugs” day, so bring your favorite stuffed animal. Friday is “Give Drugs the Boot” day, so wear your boots. There also will be red foods for school lunch and a red regalia photo. All week the school library will distribute red ribbons and drug-free bookmarks when students check out books. Students who wear red this week can win prizes, and there are prizes for students who turn in the special Halloween coloring pages.
  • HAINES — Students in grades K-6 will receive Red Ribbon Week wristbands, and there will be a contest to see which students can wear their bands the longest. The junior and senior high school students will receive Red Ribbon Week key rings. The older students also will have a demonstration using impairment goggles, which simulate what one sees when drunk.
  • SITKA — Red ribbons will be distributed to local grocery stores to be given away free to shoppers.
  • KAKE — There will be a school assembly and community walk on Monday (Oct. 17, going a week early due to staff schedule conflicts). Crazy hair day is Tuesday, pajama day is Wednesday and Thursday is most-red day and a balloon release. There also will be discussions about the dangers of using inhalants and staff will read stories to the students.