Safe Routes to School Coordinator Kate Hannon leads the assembly with UNK Women's Basketball players.

Safe Routes to School Coordinator Kate Hannon leads the assembly with UNK Women’s Basketball players.

Positive Pressure and Kearney/Holdredge Elks Lodge #984 will be visiting area schools to give presentations on staying drug-free as part of Red Ribbon Week. Through the week of October 27, they will visit Northeast, Glenwood, Amherst, Emerson, Gibbon, and Shelton Elementary schools.

Accompanying them will be athletes from UNK women’s basketball, softball, and soccer teams, men’s track and field, and the UNK Spirit Squad. The Elks will also be passing out drug-free resources, 40 Developmental Assets handouts, and as well as prizes, such as wristbands, posters, treats, and more. Funding for materials provided during Red Ribbon Week came from the Elks National Foundation Promise Grant.

The National Family Partnership (NFP) organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign to provide drug awareness in 1985. The Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. The campaign has reached millions of U.S. children and families as individuals and organizations continue to deliver this message of hope to millions of people every year, through the National Red Ribbon Campaign.

Listen to Marketing Coordinator Holden Armstrong’s interview about Red Ribbon Week.