From October 23 – October 31, 2019, we celebrated Red Ribbon Week, the oldest and largest drug prevention awareness campaign. Both children and adults enjoyed The Red Ribbon, A Story of Hope, a tale of a troubled kingdom and how a weaver’s magical red ribbon inspires villagers to work together and help one another. The beautifully illustrated storybook has won numerous awards and has been nationally recognized by a number of organizations for helping to keep kids off drugs.
Although the book makes no mention of drugs, it is a pro-active, practical, and entertaining way to instill in children the values which will safeguard them against potential drug abuse.
Several Storytime activities were held at the Thayer Public Library with Children’s Librarian, Elizabeth Strachan, and Substance Use Prevention Coordinator, Lyn Frano.
In addition, Partnership member, Christine Fosco, read the story to second graders at the Hollis School. Thank you, Christine!
As part of the library programs, Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers received valuable information about how to talk with young children about alcohol and other drugs, and ways to safeguard their homes.
Also during Red Ribbon Week….
- Officer Ed Woo of the Braintree Police Department brought our medication safety program to all second grade classrooms in Braintree. A very special thanks to Officer Woo!
- Braintree High School Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) entered a national photo contest highlighting drug awareness. In December 2019, SADD received top regional honors in the contest sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration and The National Family Partnership. Congratulations to SADD and their Advisor, Kelly Fox.
Pictures from Red Ribbon Storytime and Craft activities at the Thayer Public Library