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Announcing 2020 Red Ribbon Certified Schools

Posted by Sharu Goodwyn on .

Join us in congratulating our 2020 Red Ribbon Certified Schools: Eccleston Elementary, Lake Como School and Rock Lake Elementary in Orange County and Redland Middle School.

Becoming a Red Ribbon Certified School is a distinguished achievement for schools focused on prevention and healthy student outcomes.  The UCF Institute for Social and Behavioral Sciences at University of Central Florida assessed their performance in four areas: school environment, best practices in education, parent engagement and substance abuse prevention activities.

“Studies show that in the wake of the pandemic, youth are experiencing an increase in mental health issues like loneliness, depression, anxiety and grief.  We expect to see an increase in alcohol and drug misuse to cope with the secondary effects of Covid-19,” said Peggy Sapp, President and CEO of the National Family Partnership and Informed Families/Florida Family Partnership.  “The pandemic is highlighting the need for healthy environments and prevention practices as part of school culture. Schools offer more than just academics. They provide support and services to help kids grow up safe, healthy and drug free.  We are so proud of all the schools that recognize the importance of prevention and have gone the extra mile to become Red Ribbon Certified.”

To see a list of all of our Red Ribbon Certified schools, visit our Who’s Certified? Page.

Please contact Christine Stilwell at cstilwell@informedfamilies.org for more information on becoming a Red Ribbon Certified School.

 

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