“Red Ribbon Week” is an initiative of the National Family Partnership, designed to maximize the resources of youth, parent, and community organizations taking a VISIBLE STAND against drugs.
Bridging the Gaps, Rochester’s Substance Misuse Prevention Coalition, is at the forefront of coordinating Visible Community Initiatives throughout the week:
The Rochester Police Department will be wearing Red Ribbon pins and have magnetized Red Ribbons on all patrol cars as a show of support.
Both Rochester Middle School (RMS) and Spaulding High School (SHS) will have week-long Red Ribbon Prevention Awareness activities, including lunchtime banner signings and trivia contests (students take a Pledge to be drug- free), prevention-themed Dress-Up days (like hat day “Put a Cap on Drugs” and pajama day “Dreaming of a Drug-Free Community"). The school week culminates in both school populations gathering, along with faculty and support staff, all wearing Red, for an aerial school photograph, taken with the assistance of the Rochester Fire Department and photographers from local media partners.
ZOMBIES - "Don't Do Drugs!"... Friday evening, October 27th, will find RMS Youth-2-Youth participants marching in the Zombie Parade! Members worked with their advisers to design prevention-themed Zombie shirts. Volunteers will be helping the students with costume and makeup at the Rochester Police Department prior to that event.
ALSO… Saturday, October 28th is National Drug Take Back Day! Rochester Police Department will have a drive-through collection site set up at 23 Wakefield Street, so community members can just roll down their window and hand in any expired or unused prescriptions of any sort. The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs initially get them from their own family’s medicine cabinets! Removing the temptation is the best way to help ensure the safety your family and friends in the community. Please SHARE this event widely! ...
A great article in Foster's about our Healthy Living Expo last week. Thanks to our exhibitors and attendees! www.fosters.com/news/20170928/cornerstones-health-expo-offered-ideas-for-all-ages. Frisbie Memorial Hospital, Bridging the Gaps, ClearCaptions, Cornerstone VNA, doTerra Essential Oils (Livin' Oil Wellness), Frisbie Hospital Dietary, Girls on the Run - New Hampshire, Lakeside Mobility & Scooter, NEWMA Tai Chi, New Hampshire Senior Companion Program, Nikoe Natural Therapies, Andrea J. Sutcliffe, Certified Rolfer, Northeast Passage, Protection for a Purpose, Service Link, Sound Advice Hearing Centers, Thrive Family Chiropractic and TriCity Consumers' Action Cooperative The CoOp.