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St. Bernard Parish Public Schools To Celebrate Red Ribbon Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Alexis Pritchard

Date: 10/21/2021

Phone: (504) 301-2000

Email: alexis.pritchard@sbpsb.org 

St. Bernard Parish Public School System To Celebrate Red Ribbon Week

This year’s theme is Strong Together Against Bullying and Drugs

Chalmette, LA - The St. Bernard Parish Public School System will kick off its district-wide Red Ribbon Week on Monday, October 25, 2021, with its theme — Strong Together Against Bullying and Drugs.

The aim of the program is to raise awareness of substance abuse and bullying and the problems related to the developmental concerns of young people. This national campaign encourages parents, educators, business owners, and other community organizations to promote a lifestyle free of drug abuse.

Charles Cassar, who coordinates the substance abuse prevention programs for the school district, said Red Ribbon Week encourages the entire community to support young people in making healthy choices.

“It's so important to celebrate Red Ribbon Week because it helps students and the community remember the great efforts that are being made across the world to deal with substance abuse and the illness connected,” Cassar said. “It also offers a message that there can be a positive change — a better day through education, community awareness, and support for those who struggle.”

Cassar added that the red ribbons given out at all of the schools are tangible reminders of the unity within the school community. He said this year's campaign also addresses the challenges of bullying, and that teaching self-respect and self-worth are critical in combating both substance abuse and bullying.

“We invite all of our school family to take a visible stand against substance abuse and bullying by celebrating Red Ribbon Week with us and promoting the message by wearing a ribbon to achieve a healthier and safer community.” 

For more information about Red Ribbon Week, visit https://www.redribbon.org/.

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