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Red Ribbon Week Returns To Manhasset

The week of Oct. 14 marked the annual return of Red Ribbon Week  and Substance Abuse Prevention & Awareness Celebrations to both Shelter Rock and Munsey Park elementary schools. This year’s theme was “Team Up Against Bullying & Drugs!”

In addition to being provided with a red ribbon to exhibit at home, students received a red rubber wristband to wear throughout the week as a symbol of their commitment to making healthy and positive life choices. The children also received educational materials and red apples were available as a healthy snack. Students at both schools were also encouraged to wear red to show their support.

Throughout the week, the Manhasset School Community Association and Manhasset Coalition Against Substance Abuse teamed up to present a number of informative programs for both the children and their parents . Kicking off the initiative was S.T.O.P. Then Send, a multi-media, internet-safety presentation for elementary school parents, featuring Assistant District Attorney Anne Donnelly, Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime and Rackets Bureau of the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. Next, theatrical presentations were held at the schools by Soren Bennick Productions: HI REZ Comes to Earth (for grades K-3) and Cyber Busters (for grades 4-6), which focused on the issues of inclusion, bullying and cyber-bullying awareness and prevention. Studies show that kids who are bullied online are more likely to develop symptoms of substance abuse, depression and internet addiction (Journal of Adolescent Health, 2013).

The Manhasset school community united to help ensure that all children are safe and healthy throughout their school years. The SCA and CASA would like to thank everyone for their continued support and participation in Red Ribbon Week.