The Red Ribbon Campaign began in 1985 and is the oldest drug prevention campaign in the US, encouraging us all to take a visible stand against substance misuse. 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 cause by drugs in America.
We here in Goffstown observe Red Ribbon week in a few different ways. Each year, GHS Peer Outreach holds a prevention-oriented program for students and our Middle School Youth Forum learn about the risks and consequences of drug use. We also encourage families to TAKE THE PLEDGE (Click here for Printable Pledge) if they haven’t already, or to renew it if they have. It reads as follows:
- As parents and citizens, we will talk to our children and the children in our lives about the dangers of drug abuse.
- We will set clear rules for our children about not using drugs.
- We will set a good example for our children by not using illegal drugs or medicine without a prescription.
- We will monitor our children’s behavior and enforce appropriate consequences, so that our rules are respected.
- We will encourage family and friends to follow the same guidelines to keep children safe from substance abuse.
I pledge to grow up safe, healthy and drug free by:
- Understanding the dangers of drug use and abuse.
- Respecting myself and being drug free.
- Spreading the word to family and friends about the importance of being healthy and drug free.