Abia Judd students pledged to “Respect Yourself, Be Drug Free” during the school’s annual Red Ribbon Week. The event was held the week of October 19-23. The National Family Partnership (NFP) organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign in 1988. In addition to sponsoring the annual Red Ribbon Celebration, the organization takes an active role advocating for drug prevention at all levels of government and also serves as a national clearinghouse for drug prevention literature.
Since its beginning, the “Red Ribbon” has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. The campaign began in response to drug related violence, as 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 caused by drugs in America.
Students at Abia Judd began their Red Ribbon Week with an anti-drug assembly where they learned about respecting themselves and their bodies. The week was capped off by tying red ribbons on the fence outside the school. Local law enforcement and families were on hand to help the students put their ribbons on the fence. Students also participated in a Red Ribbon Week essay contest in which they wrote about what it means to “Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.” One winner from each grade received a $20 Target gift card.