10/10/2017 4:20:00 PM Red Ribbon Rally set for Oct. 17 at Manpower Park
Shown above (from left) following the reading of the official proclamation for Red Ribbon Week are Commissioner Jerry Hall, Deputy Director of the Gallia-Jackson-Meigs Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Angie Stowers, Prevention Coordinator at Health Recovery Services Betsy Gee, SPARC member Cheryl Browning, and Commissioners Ed Armstrong and Paul Haller. (Telegram Photo By Phillip Buffington)
In an effort to help raise awareness for the ongoing drug epidemic in the area and across the nation, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners have proclaimed Tuesday, Oct. 17 as Red Ribbon Day and Oct. 23-31 as Red Ribbon Week in the county.
During the Tuesday, Oct. 3 commissioners meeting, Cheryl Browning, a member of the Jackson County Substance Abuse Prevention and Addiction Resource Council (SPARC), requested a resolution acknowledging these events on the local front. She also informed the commissioners of an event which is set to be held on Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. dubbed the Red Ribbon Rally.
This event, which is being led by the TI/LAUNCH youth group, Browning explained, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. and is set to include a march against drugs which is set to begin at the Jackson County Courthouse and end at Manpower Park, music courtesy of Rockin' Reggie, and refreshments. Those who wish to participate in the march are asked to be at the courthouse by 5:45 p.m. on Oct. 17.
The local event is part of the national recognition of Red Ribbon Week, which has the theme of "Your future is key, so stay drug free," for the 2017 installment.
During the reading of the official proclamation, Browning stated the National Family Partnership is the group sponsoring the National Red Ribbon Campaign, and that the annual event is meant to offer citizens the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to drug-free lifestyles. This, she said, means not using illegal drugs as well as not illegally using legal drugs. Browning also said that red ribbons will be worn throughout the week to demonstrate this commitment to healthy, drug-free lifestyles.
Browning also invited the commissioners to participate in SPARC meetings, which are held on the first Tuesday of each month beginning at 6 p.m. at Holzer Medical Center-Jackson.
To learn more about Red Ribbon Week and to get tips on how to talk to kids about drugs, visit www.redribbon.org.