SCCPSS and Savannah Prevention Coalition To Celebrate Red Ribbon Week


The Savannah Chatham County Public School System is partnering with the Savannah Prevention Coalition to celebrate Red Ribbon Week for a second year in a row. Red Ribbon Week is the largest drug-abuse prevention campaign in the nation and has been in observance since 1985.

Red Ribbon Week will take place Monday, October 25th through Friday, October 29th, 2021 in Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools. The national theme this year is “Drug- Free Looks Like Me.” The Savannah Prevention Coalition is adding a secondary theme, “Connect To Protect,” to promote not just drug awareness in 2021, but overall mental and physical wellness. Positive mental health is always important, but we know that now more than ever, students and teachers need support and protective factors to reduce all types of behavioral risk.

Schools and families are encouraged to get involved. Some activities will include a poster contest, a Tik Tok video contest, mask decorating, and dress-up days. The coalition will provide virtual presentations that will cover topics such as mindfulness, the negative effect of drugs on the adolescent mind, healthy relationships, bully prevention, and online safety. Trauma-informed yoga will also be made available virtually and there will be group book readings for younger students with books such as “The Bad Seed,” “If Everybody Did It,” and “The Juice Box Bully.” Parents will receive daily email blasts so that they can reinforce the information shared with students.

Mayor Van Johnson will join the Curbside Kick off Celebration on Monday, October 25, 2021 at 10am at the Early Learning Center at Henderson E. Formey School. Parents are encouraged to decorate their cars and drive through to receive resources and a goodie bag. Additional curbside celebrations will be planned at other schools.

The Savannah Prevention Coalition is a collective of concerned organizations and individuals dedicated to promotion protective factors and reducing risk factors in youth and families for a variety of behavioral health issues in the City of Savannah.

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