Red Ribbon

Dear Eagle Families,
Red Ribbon Week
Parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America. In 1988, the National Family Partnership, also known as NFP, sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. In Henrico County, we believe it is important for our families to have conversations with our youth about drug use. To kickoff Red Ribbon Week, which begins on October 23rd and ends on October 31st, every high school will be sending short videos that highlight the dangers and destruction of drugs. Each video will be accompanied by questions families can use to begin a conversation. The title of the first video, which we are sharing with you through this message is “Hidden in Plain Sight.” This videos highlights clues that may be left in a child’s backpack or bedroom if they are using drugs. Please take a few minutes to watch the video and feel free to use the questions to facilitate a conversation with your child.
Video Link – https://youtu.be/X-1CLzOnXuA
• Do you know what our family’s rules are about the use of alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs not prescribed for you, and other drugs?
• Have you seen any of the things that were shown in the video?
• Have you seen or heard of other items that are used for drugs, but were not shown in the video?
Someone Walked in these Shoes
The shoes that you may have seen in the Godwin commons display represent the number of lives lost in Henrico County in 2016, as a result of alcohol, overdose from any substance and death by suicide where a substance was involved. This project is brought to you by a community group whose goal is to raise awareness and educate our community, so not one more pair of shoes has to be added. In 2018 alone, we have learned of four drug or alcohol-related deaths among Godwin alumni, so it is important that we spend time talking about this important issue.
Please contact me if you would like to discuss any of the information we present during Red Ribbon Week. There are also resources on our school counseling website to help.
Thank you,
Mrs. Leigh Dunavant