County Executive

Posted on: October 26, 2016

Mangano Announces Red Ribbon Week Substance Abuse Awareness & Prevention Programs

In recognition of National Red Ribbon Week (Oct. 24th – 31st), Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Office of Human Services are partnering with local school districts to bring drug abuse awareness and life-saving presentations to the attention of parents, students and staff. To ensure the delivery of substance abuse prevention services such as counseling, group education and community coalition building, Nassau County assists several school districts with social worker salary expenses.

County Executive Mangano stated, “By wearing red and participating in community anti-drug events, we encourage students to pledge to live a drug-free life while participating in community anti-drug events this week. The importance of good decision-making is critical to saving the lives of young people from the dangers of drugs.”

Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation reaching millions of Americans during the last week of October every year. The following activities will occur at local schools with the assistance of Nassau County-funded social workers:

o Garden City: high school students will host a bake sale to fund drugs and alcohol abuse information; learn drug and alcohol facts over the PA system; and sell lollipops under a program entitled, ‘Life is Sweeter Without Drugs.’

o Glen Cove: students in prekindergarten through 8th grade will receive a presentation from the Glen Cove Safe Prevention Agency and participate in an art contest regarding the dangers of drugs.

o Great Neck: districtwide students will take a Drug Free pledge; receive information on the dangers of drugs; exhibit posters; listen to heroin awareness messages; and grades 9 and 11 will receive presentations in their art classes.

o Jericho: 6th Graders will participate in a Jeopardy-style game about drug and alcohol abuse; and middle school students will display drug free posters, poems and songs.

o Massapequa: elementary students will participate in a Safe Halloween program; and high school students will display drug free posters created by students and listen to SADD Club announcements on facts.

o North Shore: anti-drug videos created by students will be played at school; a moment of silence will be held during morning announcements with statistics about drug abuse; local treatment agencies will distribute information at the high school; and the Police Department and District Attorney will educate parents on laws, including responsibilities as a Social Host.

o Oceanside: middle school students display posters ‘Unfollow the Crowd’ surrounded by signed pledges to be drug and alcohol free.

o Rockville Centre: high school students will post drug free pledges on the wall; receive information on the dangers of drugs; and the SADD Club will participate in a drug free photo contest.

Additionally, high school and college students are invited to participate in a 30-second Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest designed to warn other teens about the dangers of misusing and abusing drugs. The deadline for entries is November 18th. Winning students will receive prizes and participating schools will receive a citation recognizing their efforts to help Nassau create a Drug-Free Community.

For PSA Contest details, please contact Eden Laikin at elaikin@nassaucountyny.gov or call (516) 571-6105.

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