Red Ribbon Week

National Red Ribbon Campaign began in 1985 when “parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America.” Today, the movement aims to inform and spark change in communities through youth participation in drug prevention programming.

Steamboat Mountain School’s prefects were inspired by the Red Ribbon Campaign and chose to put on a Red Ribbon Week for their peers last week.

 “The way we learn to survive is based on a reward system. When we do something that aids in our survival, like eating or exercising, our brain’s limbic system rewards us for this behavior by releasing dopamine, a chemical that makes us feel good. Since we like the way we feel, we learn to repeat the behavior. Different substances approach the limbic system — the reward center — in our brains in different ways, but all substances of abuse cause the brain to release high levels of dopamine.” Senior, Nick shared with students last Monday. Nick spoke to various aspects of the transitions that occur to someone with a substance addiction. The reorganizing of motivations in the brain seemed to hit hard with students. “An alcoholic won’t, for example, have trouble deciding whether or not to get in his car and drive to the store to get more alcohol — the urge will be irresistible.” How Addiction Works

We asked Nick and senior, Emily about why Red Ribbon week is invaluable to the student body and why they opted, as seniors to lead the conversation.

“This topic is important to me as it affects a lot of the population and especially with increased vaping these days, it affects a lot of kids my age and even friends. I think it is important to spread awareness about the dangers of drugs and addiction so students at Steamboat Mountain School can make informed decisions and choices” -Nick 

“I feel that red ribbon week is an important week to recognize because today, there are many adults that struggle with substance abuse, and their addictions started when they were just teens. It is good to raise awareness about the effects that continuous substance abuse can have on humans, and high schoolers need to learn about it to build healthy habits right now.” -Emily