NBC gears up for Red Ribbon Week

This year's Red Ribbon Campaign, which will take place from Oct. 23 to Oct. 31, will take on the theme of "Send a Message. Stay Drug Free."

LOYSBURG- Northern Bedford County administrators and students are gearing up for Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31.

The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign. NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Campaign.

Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, 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 caused by drugs in America. In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.

Elementary school Principal Trevor Replogle said that the school will have students from the high school’s chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) visit toward the end of Red Ribbon Week and do lessons with the younger students. Replogle said that the school appreciates having the volunteers from the high school because it is an important message for the students to receive.

According to middle school Principal Wayne Sherlock, students in grade 7 will be given a presentation on Monday, Oct. 28 on making good decisions regarding drugs and alcohol. The presentation will be given by Erin Reese, a NBC alumna who is employed by Personal Solutions Inc.

Sherlock added that later that same day, the Altoona Lung Specialists will be present to inform students in all grades in both the middle and high school about the dangers of vaping and eCigarettes. Sherlock said that the information is very important for students to hear with the rising number of health issues attributed to using those devices with some of those cases even happening locally.

Mike O’Dellick, the high school’s principal, added that the administrators were appreciative that the Altoona Lung Specialists were willing to give a whole day for a visit, which would allow for them to speak to each class individually saying that it would allow for more one on one and more engagement which would allow for more and more meaningful instruction.

More information on Red Ribbon Week is available at http://redribbon.org/

Contact Katie Smolen at 623-1151 ext. 110 or ksmolen@bedfordgazette.com.

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