Monday, October 20, 2008

CCSO Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

WHAT: Red Ribbon Week

WHEN: Oct. 21-31

WHERE: Collier County

SUMMARY: CCSO is teaming up with Drug Free Collier to promote healthy and drug-free lifestyles during Red Ribbon Week 2008.

"Red Ribbon Week provides our community the opportunity to unite against teen drug use and abuse, and to show that our community will stand united against drugs," said CCSO Cmdr. Beth Jones.

All CCSO cars will display a Red Ribbon magnet and elementary school students will be encouraged to pledge a drug-free lifestyle by signing their name on the CCSO Pledge Car.

Red Ribbon Week in Collier County will include several events and activities:

For the seventh year in a row, CCSO deputies will participate in the "Reality Journey," a dramatic re-enactment of an underage drinking party that leads to a fatal drunken driving crash. There will be a public showing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Unity Church, 2000 Unity Way, East Naples. Kids will also have the chance to see what drinking can do to their bodies by wearing "drunk goggles" and performing field sobriety tests. The Pledge Car will also be on display at 6:30 p.m.

The Pledge Car, along with McGruff and CCSO deputies, will join Lely Elementary School during its Red Ribbon Walk on Friday, Oct. 24, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

CCSO will participate in the Swamp Buggy Parade on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. Deputies, along with Students Working Against Tobacco, will walk alongside the Pledge Car and distribute Red Ribbon-themed Halloween bags filled with candy to parade-goers.

Fifth-graders who participate in the D.A.R.E. program are encouraged to participate in an anti-drug art and poster contest. The posters will be judged by Neighborhood Watch members and prizes ranging from gift cards to bicycles will be awarded to the top winners.

Click here to watch a CCSO video on Red Ribbon Week.