Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.

Red Ribbon Week

When: October 28, 2013 7:30 AM to November 4, 2013 8:00 PM
Where: Portsmouth, NH
Organizer: Marci Blanchette
Contact: Marci Blanchette
Summary: 1 Library Display 2 Impact project 3 daily announcements 4 spread the message project 5 Door Decorating contest 6 Our Impressions project 7 Toilet Paper Project 8 Wear Red 9 Blue project 10 Public Speaker for students and parents.

Event Details


1.) We will have a library display on literature and other resources available regarding drugs and alcohol.
2.) The Impact Project. The whole student body receives a paper "red brick" and is instructed to write how drugs and alcohol has impacted their life. The final product is a "brick wall" signifying the "impact" on our community.
3.) Daily announcements- Positive messaging is announced over our schools PA system all week. An example of this is "42% of persons 12 and older stated that they perceive binge drinking as a “great risk”.
• 90% of American teens reported that drinking is not worth the consequences it can cause.
“73% of students in grades 8-12 reported not having had a drink in the past 30 days”.
4.) "Spread the Message" Our technology department prints our brochures and tables are placed in the cafeteria. Students and staff volunteer to hand out brochures and discuss issues relating to drugs and alcohol. On the brochures are facts and resources including those resources available for Children of Alcoholics
5.)Door Decorating Contest. The Alternative Program, the science department and math department participate in a Red Ribbon Week door decorating contest. The winner of the contest gets a trophy. The school administration are the judges of the contest.
6) "Our Impressions" project is a project in which the students and staff of the art department create a display expressing their "impressions" of the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse
7). "Toilet Paper" Instead of a "newspaper" we display an informative pamphlet in all of the bathroom stalls.
8.)Students and Staff are encouraged to wear red on one day in support of a healthy drug free lifestyle
9) "Blue Project" Student groups fill out "Blue Bricks" signifying activities they participate in rather than using substances. an example of this is "I play soccer", "I hang out with my friends". Tables are also put out during lunch to encourage students to fill out blue bricks. Blue Bricks are displayed opposite the Red Brick "Impact project"
10) "Positive Messaging project". Large posters are displayed in the cafeteria identifying the benefits to leading a healthier lifestyle.
11.) Public Speaker Chris Herren a basketball legend speaks to our high school, and middle school students about his harrowing descent into addiction.
12.) Public Speaker Chris Herren speaks to parents and community members at an evening presentation.


Portsmouth High School

50 Andrew Jarvis Drive

Portsmouth, NH 03801


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