‘Red Ribbon Week’ in B’ville
By Maria Izzo
BERNARDSVILLE – Last month our Youth leadership Council (YLC) participated in Red Ribbon Week. This weeklong initiative started in response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, and angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. In honor of Red Ribbon Week, our Bernards High YLC chapter set up a table outside of a bust lunch room and had students participate in a red ribbon activity. Students came to the table and finished one of the three prompts: The reason why I don’t use substances is…, Without drugs and alcohol, I am able to…, I want to celebrate life without drugs and alcohol by…
We had great success and even gave out a $20 Chipotle gift card to our contest winner. On Thursday night October 27, YLC students came together to decorate the outside of our Hub with red decorations and to highlight the theme “Celebrate Life. Live Drug Free!”. We then entered the 12th National Photo Contest for the chance to win $1,000 for drug prevention education and an iPad!
If you have high school students hat would be interested in joining YLC, please reach out to Maria, Youth Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.