I CARE specialists discuss impact of Red Ribbon Week in the Capital City

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRProud) – October 23rd through the 31st is National Red Ribbon week with the main goal of spreading awareness and becoming a drug free community. The theme for the 2021 school year is Drug Free Looks Like Me.

National Family Partnership, formerly the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth, was established as a grassroots, nonprofit organization in 1980 by a handful of concerned and determined parents who were convinced they should begin to play a leadership role in drug prevention.

Since its founding thirty years ago, NFP has devoted its efforts to the well-being of youth. Today, NFP is a national leader in drug prevention education & advocacy.

The I CARE Program is the alcohol drug abuse, and violence prevention program for East Baton Rouge Parish School System. They work with our schools to bring in evidence-based strategies proven to reduce the use of substances by providing tools and techniques to address an issue(s) with our students.

One of I CARE’s goals is to bring awareness and give students information needed to make healthy choices and to be drug free.

The schools allow a week of fun celebrations and themes during Red Ribbon week such as Wear Red Day, Cap On Drugs Day (hat day), Be On a Drug Free Team Day (wear your favorite team gear), Shade Out Drugs Day (wear sunglasses,) and the list goes on.

To learn more about I-CARE, you can visit their website or call 225-226-2273.

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