Help Celebrate Red Ribbon Week–October 23rd to 31st

RedRibbon theme pic 2014Join Nashua Prevention Coalition in celebrating Red Ribbon Week, nation’s oldest drug prevention program. Let us showcase your events and help to keep kids in the Greater Nashua area drug and alcohol free! The theme for Red Ribbon Week 2014 is: Love Yourself. Be Drug Free. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31) encourages the entire community to adopt healthy, drug-free lifestyles. The campaign brings together parents, schools, and businesses as we look for innovative ways to keep kids and communities drug free. The easiest thing to do during Red Ribbon Week is to wear or display a red ribbon to symbolize zero tolerance for illegal drug use by youth and a commitment to substance use prevention. There are a myriad of other activities to choose from and are shared through the National Family Partnership.

The Nashua Prevention Coalition will kick off this year’s celebration at the Gate City Fall Festival at Holman Stadium on Saturday October 18th from 11am to 2pm. Activities scheduled throughout the week will be determined by collaborating organizations such as yours that want to promote the message of a healthy lifestyle!

The red ribbon symbolizes a continuing commitment to reducing the demand for illicit drugs in our communities. In 1985, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique S. “Kiki” Camarena was killed by drug traffickers. Shortly after Camarena’s death, citizens from his hometown of Calexico, California, began wearing red ribbons to remember him and commemorate his sacrifice. Congress established Red Ribbon Week in 1988.

Red Ribbon Week gives us the opportunity to work together visibly within the community. This week is our chance to speak as one in our efforts to achieve a drug-free community. Please contact Monica Gallant, Project Coordinator to find out how you can get involved or to share your event/activity so that we can capture and promote your positive influences within the Nashua Community.