Porter County will get a jump on its annual anti-drug Red Ribbon Campaign with a kick-off at 10 a.m. Monday at Portage City Hall, 6070 Central Ave.
The official Red Ribbon Week runs Oct. 23-31.
Students from four Porter County elementary schools will participate in the activities and release balloons with drug-free messages attached. Portage Mayor James Snyder will speak to the children about living a drug-free life.
During Red Ribbon Week, children in Porter County elementary schools may sign a pledge stating, “I pledge to lead a drug-free life. I will say no to drugs and encourage my friends to say no to drugs.”
Parents are encouraged to become involved with their elementary-age children by discussing the dangers of drug use, setting rules about not using drugs, setting a good example by not using illegal drugs or medicine without a prescription, and monitoring children’s behavior.
Red Ribbon-inspired lesson plans have been created for use in an interdisciplinary approach throughout the middle schools. All week, lesson plans focusing on the hazards of drug use will be used in math, language arts, social studies, science, and health classes.
In conjunction with the Red Ribbon Campaign, restaurants around Porter County will feature placemats drawn by Porter County children. There are two billboards featuring one of this year’s Red Ribbon Campaign winners. The billboards are at the corners of Ind. 49 and I-80, and U.S. 6 and Ind. 149.