Red Ribbon week is the nations’ oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program. Held annually on October 23-31, the Stuttgart School District will kick off their Red Ribbon Week, Monday, October 28.
Red Ribbon Week is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. The mission of Red Ribbon Week is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a drug-free environment coming together to keep children, families and communities safe, healthy and drug-free.
For a number of years during Red Ribbon Week, there was a Red Ribbon Rally held in Stuttgart. For over 7 years the rally has been non-existent and C.O.D.E. (Community Organization for Drug Education) is bringing the event back to Stuttgart with the help of the community.
Tuesday, October 29 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grand Prairie Center, a Red Ribbon Rally will be held. The Red Ribbon Rally will be a carnival-type event consisting of booths, games and activities.
The focus is to live in a fun and healthy environment without drugs or alcohol.
“We are excited to bring the Red Ribbon Rally back to Stuttgart,” said James O’Neal, Stuttgart Public Schools Director of Educational Pupil Services. “We hope to engage our children in positive, fun experiences. They are the future, so let’s keep their future drug free.”
A vaping seminar will be held at the Grand Prairie Center at 5:30 p.m. following the rally.
Teen vaping has made its rounds in the media growing popular among young teens for its fruity flavors and discreet look. Numerous deaths and severe illnesses have been reported and linked to vaping.
In the past couple of weeks, vaping incidents have occurred in the Stuttgart School District, according to the Stuttgart Police Department.
Local expert panelists will explain vaping, the different brands popular amongst young people, symptoms to look for to tell if your child is vaping and how to talk to your children about vaping.
The next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be October 26, 2019. National Take-Back Day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs.
Now, for the first time, DEA will also accept vaping devices and cartridges at any of its drop off locations during Take Back Day.