October Newsletter 2012 – Red Ribbon Week

October’s Offline Happenings!

Drug Awareness Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October 3, 2012
Healthiest State Initiative 1K Walk
October 4, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Siouxland CARES Advisory Board/SPF SIG Committee
Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa
October 4, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Public Candidates’ Forum, Hosted by League of Women Voters of Sioux City

Iowa State Legislature House Districts 13 & 14 and Woodbury County
Western Iowa Tech Community College, 4647 Stone Avenue
Cargill Auditorium, Parking Lot #4, Entrance #14
Sioux City, Iowa
October 12,  7:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Protecting Families Fall Conference
Sioux City Convention Center, Sioux City, Iowa
Mercy Medical Educational Services Department, (712) 279-2507
Early Registration Fees: Received or postmarked on or before September 28: $50
Late Registration Fees: Received or postmarked after September 28: $60
Sponsored by:  Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Child Advocacy Center
October 15, 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Young Ambassador Recognition Event
Long Lines Family Rec Center, Sioux City, Iowa
October 15, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Red Ribbon Week and Character Counts Week Kick Off
Long Lines Family Rec Center, Sioux City, Iowa
If your agency would like a table to distribute materials and conduct an activity for children at this event, please e-mail us at cares@longlines.com
October 21 – 27, 2012
Character Counts Weeks
October 23 – 31, 2012
Red Ribbon Week


MYTH:  You have to use drugs for a long time before they really hurt you.

FACT:  Drugs can cause the brain to send the wrong signals to the body.  This can make a person stop breathing, have a heart attack or go into a coma.  This can happen the first time a drug is used.
Source: relevancyinc.com

Celebrate Red Ribbon Week!!

The Red Ribbon Campaign originated when Federal Agent Enrique Camarena was murdered by drug traffickers in 1985. He spent his life dedicated to making a visible effort to eradicate illegal drugs from our communities. In response to his death, communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of the commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America. Red Ribbon Week is dedicated to teaching drug prevention in our school systems and community.

This year’s Red Ribbon Week will extend beyond the classrooms and out into our community. You will be seeing Red Ribbons on the windows of businesses and schools around the area.

Celebrate Red Ribbon Week and Character Counts Week with the entire family by attending an event on Monday, October 15, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., at the Long Lines Family Rec Center, 401 Gordon Drive, Sioux City, Iowa. Fun, games, and free food. Sponsored by Sioux City Elks Lodge, Siouxland CARES and the Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission.

The Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission will also be honoring 30 Young Ambassadors in grades 5-8 from 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. that night to thank them for their service to our community and their good citizenship.


YouTube Video Contest

The Briar Cliff University SIFE Team will once again coordinate a YouTube Video contest for middle and high school students in Sioux City. This year, as part of the beSomebody Campaign, videos should be focused on anti-bullying efforts. A winning video from each Sioux City school will be sent to the State of Iowa competition. School winners will get to attend the Bully Summit in Des Moines on November 27 and will be entered into the statewide contest and a chance to win $500. Locally, one middle school and one high school team (up to four students) has the chance to win $250.

Need help taping your video? Briar Cliff SIFE team members will be available to help at the Red Ribbon Week kickoff event on Monday, October 15, from
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Long Lines Family Rec Center.

Videos are due to Briar Cliff University by October 21 at Midnight.

Go to www.siouxlandcares.org, beSomebody, for more information on the details of the YouTube Video Contest.





Siouxland Fact

90 High School Seniors were recently recognized by the Siouxland Chapter of the National Council on Youth Leadership for their outstanding contributions to our community.  Congratulations to these students from Sioux City East, North, West, Bishop Heelan, Lawton-Bronson, Dakota Valley, Elk Point-Jefferson, South Sioux City, Hinton, and Sergeant Bluff-Luton high schools.


Bullying Information
Contact the Boys Town National Hot Line,
1-800-448-3000 or
the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline,
1-800-273-8255 or
A Youth Counseling Hotline,
Additional Resources:


Find out more about the beSomebody campaign by connecting to the Siouxland CARES website at www.siouxlandcares.org or beSomebody.us or Like us on beSomebody Facebook page.

Tri-State Curfew

The following curfew is now in effect in Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff, and Woodbury County, Iowa, North Sioux City, South Dakota, South Sioux City, Nebraska, and Dakota County, Nebraska. Please enforce these times in your home.

 10:00 p.m. for minors under the age of 14
11:00 p.m. for minors ages 14 and 15
Midnight for minors ages 16 and 17  

Watch for the 2012 Clear Channel Radio/Siouxland CARES Parent Guide coming this October!

About Siouxland CARES.

Siouxland CARES (Community-wide Awareness, Resources, Education and Support) About Substance Abuse is a community coalition comprised of 350 volunteers. Volunteers for Siouxland CARES (representing 12 community systems) and staff contributed 16,845 hours in 2011 to CARES programs and services. The mission of CARES is to improve the quality of life in Siouxland by eliminating the abuse of alcohol and other drugs and related violence.

The Anti-Drug is Communication.
Ask Who? Ask What? Ask Where?
It’s not pestering, it’s parenting!

Trustworthiness:   Think it.  Be it.
Respect:  Give it.  Get it.
Responsibility:  Take it.  Teach It.
Fairness:  Share it.  Practice it.
Caring:  Show it.  Receive it.
Citizenship:  Have it.  Honor it.

Make Your Character Count in Siouxland!!


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