In honor of Red Ribbon Week, from Oct. 23 to Oct. 31, the Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery Coalition, or SAPARC, held a Red Ribbon Door Decoration Contest for all CNMI community members to participate in.
Red Ribbon Week is organized by the National Family Partnership’s Red Ribbon Campaign and established in response to the murder of DEA agent Enrique Camarena. Angered parents and youth in the communities across the country began wearing red ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America. The National Family Partnership organized the National Red Ribbon Campaign in 1985 to help increase awareness of drugs in the country. (Visit http://redribbon.org/ for more information)
In order to increase awareness of drugs and alcohol in the CNMI, SAPARC joined in on Red Ribbon Week and held a Door Decoration Contest themed, “A Healthy Me Is Drug-Free!” Entries were submitted to SAPARC for the chance to win extraordinary prizes.
Contest winners are:
-First place: Dr. Rita H. Inos Jr. Sr. High School, YAP Junior High on Rota
“As a school body, we are part of the community. We care about the community and its well-being.”
-Second place: Dr. Rita H. Inos Jr. Sr. High School, YAP Senior High on Rota
“We will continue to work as a team to spread the word within our schools and out in the community about the cons of drugs and alcohol.”
-Third place: Aesha Sablan
“I will continue to keep my community alcohol and drug-free by ensuring that my children, the next generation, understand the consequences of alcohol and drugs.”
SAPARC congratulates the winners and thanks all participants who decorated their doors to help increase awareness of drugs and alcohol in our islands!
For more information on how to become involved with SAPARC and prevent the initiation of substance use among children, youth, and adults or to help reduce substance use of community members already using substances, call (670) 323 – 6590. (SAPARC)