As many of you have probably already noticed, red ribbons have been used to decorate the Eastchester Middle and High School building for a week long event called "red ribbon week", an effort made by the Eastchester Eagles Sports Club and M-Powered, the youth division of Eastchester Communities That Care (ECTC), to bring awareness regarding drug and alcohol consumption to Eastchester.
The effort is part of a national campaign from communities across the country to designate traditionally the final week in October to drug awareness and a personal commitment by the students themselves to live drug free lives with the ultimate goal of possibly the creation of a drug free America.
M-Powered is a visible group of Eastchester teens that serve as drug and alcohol free role models who believe that it is vital that teens know that they are not alone in choosing a drug and alcohol free lifestyle and that the ribbons help teens visually see others who have chosen not to use drugs.
On Wednesday, everyone in Eastchester Middle and High School has been asked to also wear red in a show of support for this nationwide and now district-wide initiative.
M-Powered says that they are grateful to the Eastchester community and school leaders for their support and are especially grateful to the Eastchester High School Athletic Department and the Eagle's Sports Club for increasing the visibility of Red Ribbon Week by donating and placing Red Ribbons all along the front of the Eastchester Middle and High School complex facing White Plains Road.
Red Ribbon Week will culminate on Saturday Oct 29 with a Prescription Drug Take Back Day at the located at 71 Columbus Avenue from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
This is a collaborative effort between the DEA, the Tuckahoe Village Government and the ECTC and is a great way for members of the community to clean out their medicine cabinets and get rid of any unwanted or unneeded prescription or over the counter medications.
"Just drop it off-no questions asked!"
Take backs such as these help to reduce the availability of prescription drugs to kids, help prevent medication errors with seniors and help protect the environment by making sure that properly disposed medications do not enter our water supplies.
For more information on Red Ribbon Week activities that are occurring nationwide, you can visit imdrugfree.com.