Martin Housing Authority celebrates Red Ribbon Week

Martin Housing Authority celebrates Red Ribbon Week

Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 6:00 pm

Martin Housing Authority and the Weakley County Prevention Coalition teamed up last week to participate in Red Ribbon Week.
Red Ribbion Week is an alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention campaign.
It is observed annually in memory of a special agent who was killed by drug traffickers in 1985. 
Both the Stuart Center (K-5) and Teen Center  (middle school and high school) participated in the week: 
On Oct. 22, both after-school programs learned about Red Ribbon Week and the purpose behind it.
On Oct. 23 they “put a cap on drugs” by wearing their favorite sports teams’ hats.
On Wednesday they wore red.
On Thursday they did “turn your back on drugs” by wearing their shirts backwards.
Three University of Tennessee at Martin football players volunteered to come to the teen center on Thursday to participate in  “Turn Your Back on Drugs” and talked to the teens about the importance of staying drug-free, the importance of having goals and reaching those goals, and not letting drugs hold them back.
On Friday, both after-school programs pledged a drug-free life by releasing red balloons into the sky. Before releasing the balloons, each group shouted, “The best me is drug free!”
The Stuart Center kids even wrote notes or drew pictures depicting what drug-free meant to them, and put inside the balloons. 
Each note or picture has the Stuart Center’s address on the back.
The hope is that the people who find their notes and drawings will write to them.

Published in The WCP 10.30.12

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