Red Ribbon Week makes impact on campus, promotes drug-free living

Red Ribbon Week makes impact on campus, promotes drug-free livingRed Ribbon Week kicked off across the nation and on the campus of Brenau University, this week. It comes as the nation´s oldest drug prevention program that began decades ago and has grown to reach nearly 80 million Americans each year. The week has been dedicated to alcohol and other drug prevention awareness activities on campus. The campaign, considered one of the largest in the nation, was put together on Brenau´s campus as a collaborative effort by the students of the WH 101 Alcohol & Drug Education class, along with additional support from Brenau University Honor Court Members, Student Activity Board, Brenau´s Greek community, Aramark Dining Hall staff and the Athletics Department. The activities were designed to unify our campus community to take a stand against drugs by wearing red ribbons and participating in anti-drug events throughout the week.

The campaign began Monday, with Brenau´s Red Ribbon Kickoff, “Honor the Pledge”, in the Yonah lobby where over 170 students signed the pledge to make healthy choices, to be a positive role model for their friends and to support the mission of Red Ribbon Week through “no use of illegal drugs and no illegal use of legal drugs.” The dining hall staff further enhanced the kickoff event by hosting a “Red Ribbon Food Day” during lunch. Tuesday the campaign continued through the “Life is Sweeter When It Is Drug Free” activity in sorority circle. Several Greek organizations also showed support by flying banners outside of their respective house with a message to encourage a drug free lifestyle.

Students, Faculty and Staff were encouraged to “Put A Cap On Drugs” on Wednesday by wearing their favorite hat to show campus wide support of the mission. Thursday was “Red Rally Day” whereby students, faculty, staff and community members were invited to show their support and “rally” against drugs by attending the Brenau Volleyball game. The events included giveaways, contests and raffle prizes and was supported by the Brenau Athletics Department. Friday, a “Reach Out Day”, found members of the WH 101 class along, with several other students, volunteering their time with the pre-k class at Brenau´s Child Development Center in an effort to share positive messages and encourage a healthy life.

Throughout the week, the goals of building community awareness regarding the dangers of alcohol and other drug use were met through open communication and promoting a campus environment that participates in positive and drug free activities. Brenau´s campus community encourages a commitment to a healthy and safe lifestyle and the events of this week symbolized the drug-free commitment on the part of the students, faculty and staff.

Friday, October 28, 2011