Community Action for Safe Teens celebrating Red Ribbon Week

Community Action for Safe Teens is inviting the Souhegan Valley community to partner with it during Red Ribbon Week, the National Family Partnership’s anti-drug campaign held each Oct. 23-31 since 1986.

The 2015 theme is "Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free." CAST is grateful to have the commitment from many schools, businesses, medical centers, town and youth-serving agencies, and others to promote the campaign.

Red ribbons and signs are being installed by youths throughout your community in celebration of this substance misuse prevention effort.

A prayer vigil is being organized by Souhegan Valley churches as a closing ceremony for Red Ribbon Week from 1-2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, on the Milford Oval.

This also gives parents the perfect opportunity to talk to their kids about making healthy choices and the dangers of alcohol and other drugs on the developing brain. The younger kids start dabbling in brain altering substances, the greater the risk of addiction.

According to Checkthestatsnh.org, "Studies show that kids who learn about the risks of drugs and alcohol from their parents and caregivers are up to 50% less likely to use drugs and alcohol than those who do not" (checkthestatsnh.org).

There are many ways to participate in Red Ribbon Week. Simply display the message on your sign or download the toolkit at www.nfp.org. There is something for everyone.

CAST would like to publicly acknowledge all community organizations that participate in this campaign, so let it know what you are doing by contacting project coordinator Monica Gallant at mgallant4@aol.com to share your activity.

CAST serves Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Milford, Mont Vernon and Wilton. For more information, visit nhcast.org.