Red Ribbon Week
PVC, CHHS Students Promote Drug Abuse Prevention for Red Ribbon Week
This past week, the Croton-Harmon Union Free School District celebrated Red Ribbon Week along with schools around the country. Founded in 1985, the Red Ribbon Campaign is the largest public school drug abuse prevention program in the United States. In addition to raising national awareness and educating students on the dangers of drug abuse, Red Ribbon publishes abuse prevention literature and advocates for policy changes on local, state and national levels.
This year, both PVC and CHHS participated in Red Ribbon Week in a variety of ways. At the middle school, a bulletin board featuring info about the Red Ribbon program and the activities planned for the week was put up, and flyers were sent to all seventh and eighth-grade students. At the high school, Red Ribbon info was shared in students’ CHAP classes, and there was also a bulletin board as well as facts shared each day of the week during daily announcements. The CHHS Teen Leadership Council (TLC) also got involved in Red Ribbon Week by sharing important information with their Instagram followers.
At both schools, students were given the option to sign a pledge promising to avoid drug abuse. 135 students signed the pledge at PVC, and 125 signed at CHHS. Students and staff at both schools also wore red to show their support, and many teachers tied red ribbons onto their classroom doors.
“I think that overall, Red Ribbon Week was a huge success at both CHHS and PVC,” said
Allison Millen, a CHHS guidance counselor and the TLC advisor. “We successfully planned a bulletin board, flyers, posters and lunchtime activities, and for a remote learning activity on Wednesday, we played Red Ribbon Jeopardy.”
While Red Ribbon Week highlighted an important issue facing teens around the country, Mrs. Millen and TLC work hard throughout the school year to encourage students to make safe and healthy choices. Both the middle school and high school TLC meet every week to plan Prevention Months on Mondays at 3:30 and Tuesdays at 3:30, respectively. Students interested in getting involved with TLC at either school can go see Ms. Millen or contact her Allison.Millen@chufsd.org.