Westminster Area C.A.A.T. is a community based non-profit organization serving the City of Westminster and the unincorporated area of Adams County.
RED RIBBON MONTH FOCUSES ON DRUG PREVENTION
“Your future is key, so stay drug free”
That is the message this October from the Westminster Community Action Awareness Team (C.A.A.T) and the National Family Partnership (NFP), who are partnering with organizations across the country to send a strong and consistent message about the need for drug education and prevention campaigns. National Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 23-31, 2017, and but the Board of Education proclaimed October 2017 as Red Ribbon Awareness Month in Westminster Public Schools.
C.A.A.T. sponsored the first community Red Ribbon campaign in 1987. This year’s proclamation included references to two specific issues that are relevant to teenagers today. There first concern is about the underage use of marijuana in Colorado, which became the first state to legalize marijuana for adults 21 years of age and older. The second issue of concern is the nationwide epidemic of opioid use and abuse.
“Thank you for partnering with us,” said Eleaner Scott when she appeared before the Board of Education on Tuesday, Oct. 10. “In recent years, there has been less messages to support our youth and more messages to our youth of illegal drugs being represented as legal drugs.”
And while the Red Ribbon campaign focuses on education efforts at schools, experts say it is critical for parents to talk to their children about the issue. According to redribbon.org, children of parents who talk with them about drug use are 42% less likely to use drugs. Still yet, only about one in four teenagers say they have talked with their parents about drugs and drug use.
For more information and resources for educators and families on the Red Ribbon campaign, visit redribbon.org.
Red Ribbon Week in Westminster, Colorado
Coming October 2017
CLICK HERE to Access this years Red Ribbon Week Planning Guide!
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ATTENTION - Students, Parents & Educators!
Have you seen all of our great Drug-Free Resources?
Just Say NO to Drugs 2017
Westminster Area Community Awareness Action Team sponsored a "Healthy Me is saying NO to Alcohol, Tobacco and Marijuana" Poster Contest and Essay Contest in conjunction with "Just Say NO to Drugs" week in 38 elementary and middle schools within the City of Westminster and Westminster Public Schools. "Just Say NO to Drugs" week is an opportunity to remind students that they must continue to say "NO" to alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and any other drugs as they enjoy their summer vacation away from school.
Congratulations to the 2017 Contest Winners! Thank you to all of our participants!
Prom & Graduation 2017
Parents Who Host Lose the Most
Parents Who Host Lose the Most ‘Don’t Be a Party to Teenage Drinking’ Campaign: Letters and parent/teen contracts are sent each year to the parents (1431 letters in 2017) of Juniors and Seniors of Westminster High School students and all parents at Hidden Lake High School. A contract is included for teen and parent to discuss promises to each other on drug/alcohol free prom and graduation celebrations, not riding with an impaired driver, and the parent providing a safe, drug and alcohol free environment for him/her and their friends. In 2015, some students brought in the contracts signed by themselves and their parents when they bought their prom/after-prom tickets.
As part of the 2016 student anti-drug campaign at Westminster High School the students who brought in a contract with completed signatures received a $10 discount on their prom ticket. There were 295 contracts submitted with signatures out of 425 tickets sold for prom/after prom party. 300 students attended the after prom party. A $10 discount has been offered again in 2017.
The letters are available for download HERE in both English and Spanish.
Thank you to the following sponsors:
Eleaner Scott, Chairman, Westminster Area C.A.A.T.
Dr. Pamela Swanson, Superintendent, Westminster Public Schools
District Attorney Dave Young, 17th Judicial District, Adams/Broomfield Counties
Sheriff Michael McIntosh, Adams County Sheriff’s Office
Chief Tim Carlson, Westminster Police Department
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