Tustin Unified Celebrates 2019 Red Ribbon Week
- October 18, 2019
- Posted by: Cuselleration
- Category: News
The Tustin Unified School District will celebrate National Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 21-25, a national public-awareness campaign to promote drug-free choices and healthy lifestyles. This year’s theme is “Send a Message. Stay Drug Free.”
“The purpose of the Red Ribbon Week campaign is to present a unified and visible commitment to the development of a drug-free America,” said Student Services Coordinator Monique Yessian. “By displaying red ribbons and wearing red clothing, TUSD students, staff and parents symbolize their commitment to a drug-free, healthy lifestyle, with no use of any illegal drugs and no illegal use of a legal substance. Students participate in various activities at their school sites during this week to show their commitment to the cause.”
The TUSD Board of Education adopted a resolution supporting Red Ribbon Week and is encouraging students, staff, parents and community members to participate in drug awareness education activities.
All schools in the District will be planning various activities and events during the week. Teachers will incorporate mini anti-drug programs into their lesson plans and show substance awareness videos in the classroom. Students will wear red wristbands, sign drug-free pledge cards and decorate school campuses with red ribbons, banners and posters.
The Red Ribbon campaign was launched in 1985 after Federal Agent Enrique Camarena was killed by drug traffickers. The Red Ribbon has become a symbol of the need to reduce the demand of drugs and the commitment to a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
Since the inception of the campaign, activities have expanded beyond one week in October to year-round sponsorship of prevention efforts that advance the goal of drug-free communities and individuals.
“Tustin Unified provides a coordinated program of drug, alcohol and tobacco awareness education throughout the year,” Yessian said.
Activities include student assemblies, parent meetings, “Every 15 Minutes” program, tobacco cessation workshops, drug diversion programs, online intervention programs, drug- and alcohol-free Grad Night parties, and an intervention program for drug and alcohol violations called “Project Today,” funded entirely by the Assistance League of Tustin.
For more information about Red Ribbon Week, call your local school or the TUSD Communications Office at (714) 730-7339.