National Red Ribbon Week

By Courtney Harrison - [email protected]

WILLIAMSON – At Tuesday’s regular meeting, the Mingo County Commission signed a proclamation declaring the week of October 23 through 31 to be Red Ribbon Week throughout Mingo County.

Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign geared toward drug prevention and education. This year’s theme for National Red Ribbon Week is “Yolo Be Drug Free.”

Drema Dempsey with Mingo County Schools and Angela Sparks with the Strong Through Our Plan (STOP) Coalition, were in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting to discuss National Red Ribbon Week and an upcoming Community Drug Education Forum.

“National Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated by our schools and our community the last week of October,” Dempsey stated. “Our organizations have come together to provide education, outreach, and prevention activities raising awareness of substance abuse in Mingo County. Our main focus is to help individuals develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that they need to make good choices. The STOP Coalition, Mingo County Schools and the Family Resource Network (FRN) and we request the county commission to issue a proclamation supporting the 2016 National Substance Abuse Awareness and the Red Ribbon Campaign in Mingo County,” Dempsey continued.

Commissioner Greg “Hootie” Smith read the proclamation which stated, “Alcohol, substance, and synthetic drug abuse in this nation has reached epidemic stages. It is imperative that visible, unified, collaborative prevention education efforts by community stakeholders be launched to eliminate the demand for drugs. The Mingo County STOP Coalition, Mingo County Schools and the Mingo County Family Resource Network have joined forces to lead Mingo County’s National Substance Abuse Awareness Week activities through sponsoring a 2016 National Red Ribbon campaign offering students and citizens of our schools and county the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to drug free lifestyles…”

Following the reading of the proclamation, a motion was approved to accept the proclamation unanimously.

Dempsey and Sparks then issued an invitation to the upcoming Community Drug Forum which will be held Tuesday, October 25 at 6:30 at the Williamson Fire Department.

Dempsey also commended the STOP Coalition for their involvement in Red Ribbon Week activities. “I would like to report that all the activities that our students are going to enjoy this year for Red Ribbon Week are compliments of the STOP Coalition. They would not have red ribbons to wear, they would not have their activity booklets, and they would not have their prizes and recognition if it was not for the STOP Coalition. They do a lot for our community.”

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By Courtney Harrison

[email protected]

(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)

(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)

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