Red Ribbon Week runs the last week of October and is a call for community groups to wear red ribbons as a show of their drug-free commitment. What if your community doesn’t offer activities for your family to participate in? As homeschoolers, just because your child is not in the public/private school system does not mean that they cannot participate in activities during this week.
Red Ribbon Week became a national celebration in 1988 to pledge a drug-free life. You can find out more about the history of Red Ribbon Week by clicking here and visiting the Drug Enforcement Administration website.
One of the simplest ways to show support is to hang a red ribbon outside of your home, either on your door, mailbox or even staircase. You can also go all out and make a red ribbon wreath as part of an art project. While you are hanging up your red ribbon you can talk a little bit about what Red Ribbon Week is. Here is a list of some suggestions to start off with:
- There was an officer from the DEA, which is the Drug Enforcement Administration, who was kidnapped and killed by Mexican drug traffickers because he was really close to figuring out how drugs were coming from Mexico to America.
- How drugs affect you and the parts of your body (brain, organs, blood, vision, speech, memory…)
- People in your life who use drugs or has used drugs and what that has done to them (including their relationship with your family)
- Is there someone who is a recovering addict in your family who would be willing to be honest with your child about their situation
- Visit your local library and find age appropriate books about the subject that you can read together
Here are some suggested activities that can also be done during Red Ribbon Week:
English – research and write a paper on the effects of drugs on you, read a book on the effects out loud together
Math – the cost of drugs (literally the cost to make a drug) or the cost if you get caught using illegal drugs (legal fees, jail time and its cost to tax payers, etc…)
Science – what makes an illegal drug (the chemistry of a specific drug, pick one and break it down), what make alcohol and tobacco addictive
Vocabulary – words such as DEA, drug trafficker, drugs, addiction
Geography – Mexico, America, drug routes
Health – effects of drugs (alcohol, drugs and tobacco) on the body
History – Special Agent Camarena, DEA, timeline of drugs, uses of drugs
Just because you homeschool does not mean that you have to miss out on activities such as Red Ribbon Week. Use some imagination, see how you can fit it into your schedule and search for ideas on-line.