During a regular meeting, the Logan County Board of Education signed a proclamation presented by PIECES Coalition to recognize October 23-31 as Red Ribbon Week in Logan County Schools. The National Red Ribbon Campaign began 30 years ago and serves as a “catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.”
Schools will be raising awareness about drug and alcohol abuse a variety of ways including art contests, writing assignments, guest speakers, and daily activities.
Superintendent of Logan County Schools Phyllis Doty says it is important to talk about these issues with students.
“Drug and alcohol abuse is something that touches nearly every family in our area. It has no boundaries for gender, race, or age. Partnering with organizations such as PIECES and local law enforcement agencies helps educate students on the importance of living a drug-free life.”
Doty added that Logan County Schools is beginning a new program that will launch this January that will further help students who may experience trauma related to alcohol and drugs.
“When our President visited West Virginia last week, he talked about the drug epidemic and how important programs such a ‘Handle with Care’ are for our schools. This program allows law enforcement to contact our school to let teachers know a student has experienced a trauma at home and may need extra guidance or care. These traumas could come from a number of things including substance abuse or domestic violence. Logan County is one of the first counties in the state to implement this program, and it will be launching across the county in January. We are fortunate to have local organizations who work closely with our schools through programs like Red Ribbon Week and Handle with Care on these important issues.”