Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon Awareness movement has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered 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 cause by drugs in America. In 1988, the first National Red Ribbon event was celebrated. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Each year the last week of October is dedicated to prevention and awareness efforts.
The Council continues to participate in Red Ribbon activities throughout the county with elementary through high school age youth participating in the many events. Red Ribbons are purchased and distributed to all interested schools. Last year over 7,000 ribbons were worn throughout the school corporation over the week-long celebration; Porter County Museum sponsored an artist reception to display poster contest submissions with over 1,300 attending; health classes encouraged healthy choices and the top 2 essay submissions earned a scholarship to further their education.
We recognize friend of the Council and founding coalition member Jacquelyn M. Sterling as a true community leader. Affectionately known as Jackie, she held many leadership positions throughout her tenure with the Council, but none as dear to her heart as the Chair of the Red Ribbon Committee serving from 1990-2015.
Jackie Sterling dedicated many decades addressing the public health risk of substance use disorder and providing awareness to school aged youth through the Red Ribbon Campaign. Her unwavering commitment has affected over 100,000 students that have passed through Porter County school hallways on their way to adulthood. The Council would like to honor Jackie by creating the Jacquelyn M. Sterling Red Ribbon Scholarship Fund to provide resources to students that will continue their education and continue to make good choices.
Our 2 goals for the fund:
Increase the dollar amount for each student.
Increase the number of Porter County students receiving the scholarship.
You can contribute to the newly created fund by clicking the donate button below. Any amount is appreciated and will help with tuition costs for a Porter County youth.
Recorder Chuck Harris presented the Legacy Award to Jackie at the Annual Recognition & Awards Ceremony.
It was a heartfelt moment as Jackie accepted the award amidst a standing ovation for her dedication to Council.