Red Ribbon Week is a national effort to keep kids drug-free. It takes place annually on Oct. 23 through Oct. 31. Locally, many schools and organizations participate in the event by encouraging children and teens to wear red, bringing educational activities into the school, and giving out prizes for positive behaviors.
Janet Whitfield-Hyduk, the Partnership's Drug-Free Communities Grant Coordinator, supported Red Ribbon Week efforts on Oct. 26 at St. Joseph High School in St. Joseph County.
Janet helped St. Joseph High School's student organization, Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD), bring awareness to the dangers of driving while high. Janet brought the Marijuana Fatal Vision goggles for an educational activity. The Marijuana Fatal Vision goggles simulate what it's like to drive while under the influence of marijuana. This experience helps students understand how pot can decrease their reaction times, make them unsafe drivers, and even result in fatal accidents.
The Partnership was also proud to be a part of the 32nd Annual Red Ribbon March and Rally in South Bend. This year's rally theme was "I Choose Me to Be Drug Free!" The rally honored two adults and two youth from the community who embody the spirit of Red Ribbon. These individuals demonstrate what it means to be drug free, advocate for others, and support the community in countless ways. The participants also had the pleasure of watching performances from local talent.
Red Ribbon Week is just one initiative the Partnership is proud to support. If your school or organization would like to get involved or would like to bring the Partnership to an upcoming drug prevention event, please contact us!