Swanton to celebrate Red Ribbon Week

Swanton Mayor Neil Toeppe invites the community to take a stand against substance use by celebrating Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use and the drug related problems facing our community, and encourages parents, educators, business owners, and other community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles.

This year’s celebration will kick off on Monday, Oct. 26 with the hopes that the entire community will take a visible stand against drugs and wear red. Students Encouraging Educated Decisions (SEED) students are working hard to make a difference within the schools and community, while also educating their peers. Swanton SEED students challenge you to wear red on Monday.

To kick off of Red Ribbon Week at schools on Oct. 27, students will be taught lessons on several key topics. The students will be educated about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescription drugs. The lessons will be taught using a combination of statistics, stories, and interactive games. There will be other educational activities scheduled throughout the week and include a theme week full of positive messages. Themes for the week include:

Monday: No School

Tuesday: “Red”y to live a drug free life: Wear Red (SES, SMS & SHS)

Wednesday: Wear Tropical Colors (SES & SHS) & Mismatched Clothes (SMS)

Thursday: Too bright for drugs: Wear Neon colors (SES & SHS) & Wear Pajamas/Comfy Clothes (SMS)

Friday: Super Heroes (SES), Halloween Costumes or House Colors (SMS) & School Sprit Wear (SHS)

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.

Visit GetSmartAboutDrugs.com for more information about Red Ribbon Week or contact Andrea Smith, Swanton Area Community Coalition’s Executive Director at 419-826-1222 or SwantonCoalition@gmail.com. SACC is funded by the Lucas County Mental Health Board and the Four Co ADAMhs Board.