The Marana Town Council has proclaimed this week, Oct. 23-31, Red Ribbon Week. This declaration is part of a nationwide effort to recognize and mitigate the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. The National Family Partnership has sponsored this effort across the country since 1985, touching the lives of millions of people across the world.
As part of Marana’s role in Red Ribbon Week, the Town has adorned a tree at the Marana Municipal Complex with dangling red ties. This colorful reminder of the importance of drug and alcohol abuse prevention appears prominently in the courtyard of the MMC where both Town staff and members of the public will often notice its presence.
Marana Town staff will also commemorate this day by wearing red on Friday, October 28. For many years, Marana Unified School District has participated in Red Ribbon Week, and, recognizing the importance of a community-wide focus, the Town of Marana now joins them in these efforts.
“It’s so important for the whole community to recognize the dangers of abusing drugs and alcohol,” says Community Development Coordinator Christine Byler. “In Marana, we’re proud to promote a visible, unified prevention and education initiative that aims to eliminate the demand for drugs.”
As part of this community-wide focus, the Town has joined the Marana Prevention Alliance, a network of Town staff, local schools, and several non-profits. Together, these groups are combining their resources to emphasize the Town’s collective commitment to healthy, drug free lifestyles.
Several Marana businesses are also working to bolster the effects of Red Ribbon Week. Through Marana schools, Snack Shack, R & R Pizza, Circle S Salon, La Olla, and other local restaurants will be offering discounts throughout this week to students who commit to living drug- and alcohol-free.
The Town of Marana prides itself as an inclusive community where families can find a safe, healthy, and engaging place to make a home. Red Ribbon Week certainly symbolizes that commitment, and the Town is support its success.