Great Falls Community Celebrates National Red Ribbon Week

During the week of October 27 – November 2, 2013 the Cascade City-County Health Department, along with the Great Falls community, will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week. The theme for this year’s campaign is “A Healthy Me is Drug Free.”

CCHD will be contacting local business owners and their employees asking for their support in wearing red ribbons throughout the week. Area auto dealers will be participating by parking all of their red colored vehicles, which will be sporting red ribbons, along the front lines. Local high schools have also adopted their own slogan, “Choosing to Live Above the Influence,” to show their support of this worthwhile event. Grade school students will be actively involved by creating posters showing what the theme means to them, which will be judged and awarded prizes.

The mission of the Red Ribbon Week campaign  is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a DRUG-FREE America. This event was created by Congress in 1988 after the brutal 1985 slaying of DEA Agent Erique “Kiki” Camarena by Mexican drug traffickers. The wearing of the red ribbons symbolies a community’s intolerance to drug abuse.

The CCHD invites everyone to join in celebrating to make their community a drug free environment as we “Paint the Town RED.”

For more information on Red Ribbon Week or any tobacco education inquiries, contact Teddy Nault at 452-0881 x307 or visit CCHD’s Tobacco Use Prevention Program online.