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SYLVANIA, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Ribbon Week is a national movement involving students pledging to live drug and
alcohol-free lives. Students in Sylvania joined in, but added another special
of students from the Sylvania school district packed into the Northview High
School gym for the 12th annual Sylvania Community Action Team's (SCAT)
Red Ribbon Week. Their parents joined them to pledge to live alcohol and
here to support the SCAT program and pledge to be drug-free, alcohol and
tobacco-free," said Wendy and Tom Xander, parents of Sylvania students. "Peer
pressure, it's just too strong anymore."
year, the district also added bullying to the pledge, so it's about making the
right choices, overall.
taken it to the point of kids making good choices, being kind to each other and
respecting each other, so that's where the bullying comes in," said Deb Chany,
executive director of SCAT. "Many times when kids are bullied, then they resort
to some kind of safety net that might be drugs, alcohol, or being a bully
believes parents should always be involved to help their children do the right
can call their parents and say, ‘Hey, we have a situation here. I need your
help,'" she said. "So we have to help kids realize that moms and dads are out
there to help them. We encourage moms and dads to be that scapegoat, if you
will, or that tool to help prevent them from doing those kinds of things."