MINGO W.Va., – Mingo County Schools celebrate Red Ribbon Week October 23 through 31.
Jeff Reynolds, with Mingo County Schools, Student Services said, “The last few years due to funding issues, we haven’t been able to do too much. This year the Board of Education (BOE) has partnered with the Standing Through our Plan (STOP) Coalition to help organize county wide activities.”
This year, there will be an expert speaker speaking to students in grades fifth through 12th about the dangers of synthetic drugs. Reynolds said, “We have found that there is a misconception among students that synthetics aren’t dangerous. We are using this week as a means to put intensive education to use about the dangers of synthetic drugs.”
There will be specialized anti- drug awareness programs for students in grades kindergarten through fourth. “Organizations are coming in to provide age appropriate drug free messages and activities for students in those grades,” Reynolds said.
The BOE is partnering with several organizations to host a Community Forum to educate and inform about synthetic drugs. The Community Forum will be held Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m. at the Williamson Fire Department.
County wide activities have been planned for schools.
Students and staffs county- wide will take a drug free pledge.
The theme of the 2015 Red Ribbon Week is “Respect Yourself, Be Drug Free.”
According to a pamphlet about Red Ribbon Week, “In 1998, The National Family Partnership (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. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children and families. The NFP and its network of individuals and organizations continue to deliver this message of hope to millions of people every year, through the National Red Ribbon Campaign.”
For more information about Red Ribbon Week visit www.redribbon.org.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)