Packed slate of events for Red Ribbon Week
Red ribbons will be flying today through Oct. 30 in observance of the annual drug-free week campaign.
This national awareness week has been observed in St. Mary Parish schools and communities for more than 20 years.
The St. Mary Parish Red Ribbon Committee began as a grassroots organization. Now, however, it boasts a full-time presence of drug and alcohol awareness activities and promotions such as Safe and Sober Prom, a Mardi Gras Safe Celebration campaign, Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Awareness and numerous school programs and events.
Locally, the annual Red Ribbon Week campaign begins with Decorate Day today.
Residents and businesses are asked to place a red bow on the front of their home or business.
Also, an informational tabloid has been printed in both The Daily Review and the Franklin Banner-Tribune. This edition is filled with topics of interest for everyone concerned about drugs and violence.
The campaign continues with the annual Motorcade Saturday.
The convoy of law enforcement and emergency responders travel across the parish to kick off the week’s activities.
A Day of Prayer follows Sunday.
It’s a time when parish residents are asked to pray for St. Mary Parish’s law enforcement, students, local leaders and teachers.
Reach Out Day on Monday will be observed in the parish schools with informational announcements about drugs and violence.
Character Counts Day Tuesday will feature character-building activities and initiatives promoted in parish schools.
Wednesday is Wear Red Day during which everyone in the parish is asked to support the drug-free week by wearing something red.
Meanwhile, a free Parents/Grandparents Summit will be held the same day at the Patterson Area Civic Center.
Thursday, DARE Day, brings local law enforcement officers to parish elementary schools for a visit with the students.
Officers promote safe, healthy lifestyles.
On Saturday, Oct. 29 the annual Zoo To Boo Family Fun Day at the Morgan City Barnyard Zoo will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. A costume contest at noon highlights the events.
The week culminates with a final Day of Prayer observed in St. Mary Parish churches with prayers for everyone concerned about the devastating effects of drugs and violence.
While this week promises lots of fun and interesting activities, committee organizers ask residents to remember the seriousness surrounding the weeklong campaign.
Locally, many lives have been lost and/or forever changed by illegal and legal drug use and abuse.
The Red Ribbon committee thanks everyone for their previous support of this awareness campaign and encourages their support this year.