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Grady County is celebrating Red Ribbon Week during the last week of October, and a special prayer event at the Grady County Courthouse is planned.
The annual weeklong event takes place Monday through Friday, Oct. 26-30, with the prayer service scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 28.
Drug Free Grady is holding the prayer event on the front lawn of the courthouse beginning at noon and ending at 12:30 p.m., according to Nola Daughtry, spokeswoman for the organizers.
Special red lighting will be seen on the courthouse and at the Cairo City Hall fountain during the week, which has a theme of “Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Drug Free.”
While items promoting Red Ribbon Week will not be distributed to Grady County schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Drug Free Grady is having contests for students.
Those in Pre-K through second grade can participate in an art contest by drawing their favorite hero or creating a hero using the week’s theme.
Students in grades three through five and six through eight may submit a maximum 500 word essay or a photo around the theme.
High school students may submit either a maximum two-minute video or 500 word essay connected to the theme.
Cash prizes for elementary and middle school students are $20 for first place, $15 for second place, and $10 for third place.
High school students will receive $30 for first place and $20 for second place. There will be no third place.
Deadline for students to submit their entries to their school principal is Thursday, Oct. 29.
Judges for the contests are Cairo Mayor Howard Thrower and Grady County Commission Chairman Keith Moye.
Red Ribbon is a year-round awareness campaign focusing on safe activities as alternatives to drinking and using other drugs. Red Ribbon Week is the largest drug-abuse prevention campaign celebrated annually throughout the nation each year, Oct. 23-31, to promote drug free lifestyles among youth and adults alike. As part of the national campaign, the Office of Behavioral Health Prevention and Federal Grants, coordinator of the Governor’s Red Ribbon Campaign, sponsors a statewide Red Ribbon kick-off event, soliciting participation from schools, businesses and community-based organizations around Georgia.
The Governor’s Red Ribbon Campaign Week kicks off Thursday, Oct. 22, with a Facebook Live watch party, held in collaboration with special guests, Q99.7 radio host Jade, and Epic recording artist Madison Beer.
The live watch party takes place 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on the Facebook page of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities’ Office of Behavioral Health Prevention and Federal Grants.
This special 90-minute event marks the official start of the Governor’s Red Ribbon Campaign for elementary, middle, high school, and college students across Georgia. During the kick-off, topics discussed will include the importance of substance abuse prevention in addition to the benefits of living healthy drug-free lifestyles.