Red Ribbon Night provides tools for drug prevention

By Matthew Bernat | Oct 25, 2017
Photo by: Matthew Bernat Xavier Griswold takes aim during a football toss set up by the Wareham Tigers during Red Ribbon Night held Wednesday.

A Wareham Middle School teacher brought together a variety of community groups to share an important message with students on Wednesday night.

“Kids and their families need to know that there are so many healthy alternatives out there to keep them away from drugs,” said Deanna Semple, organizer of the 2nd annual Red Ribbon Awareness Night. Held at Decas Elementary School, the event coincided with Red Ribbon Week, a national campaign against drug abuse, set for Oct. 23-31.

Semple said early education is key to preventing drug abuse and Red Ribbon Night showcased many ways kids could spend their time instead of experimenting with drugs.

Some groups in attendance included the Wareham Tigers Pop Warner football league, the Wareham Police Department, the Gleason Family YMCA, the Wareham Department of Natural Resources, the Wareham Public Schools Office of Beyond School Time, the Wildlands Trust, Cape Cod Collectibles and the Onset Bay Association.

Semple said she hoped families walked away from the night with plenty of activities to try, such as gymnastics, hiking, dancing, or volunteering.

“The idea is that when kids are busy doing positive things, it keeps them from getting mixed up with negative things,” said Semple.

Caden Dion, 6, tries out a virtual reality game at a booth set up by Cape Cod Collectibles. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Wareham Department of Natural Resources Officer Josh Kimball speaks with a family during Red Ribbon Awareness Night. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Sharkie | Oct 27, 2017 08:08

How do I find out about these events? I never know of them until I see them printed in the newspaper.

If you wish to comment, please login.