In recognition of Red Ribbon Week the Swanton Public Library has joined efforts in raising awareness about substance abuse in the community.
The Swanton community and Swanton Area Community Coalition have invited the area residents to take a stand against substance use/abuse by celebrating Red Ribbon Week from Oct. 23-31. 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 the Swanton Public Library has joined the efforts.
“They have a wonderful display containing great local resources and literature. For the children, there is a coloring contest for fun prizes,” said Andrea Smith, executive director of Swanton Area Community Coalition. “We are proud to have them as partners this year.”
Those interested can stop by the library to check out the information and to enter children in the coloring contest.
“Red Ribbon Week encourages our entire community to adopt a healthy, drug-free lifestyle,” said Swanton Mayor Ann Roth. “The campaign brings together parents, schools, and businesses as we look for innovative ways to keep kids and communities drug free.”
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, Calif., 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 be vocal and visible in our efforts to achieve a drug-free community,” said Roth. “Research shows that children are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs when parents and other role models are clear and consistent in their opposition to substance use and abuse.”
Visit GetSmartAboutDrugs.com or www.SwantonCoalition.org 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.