October 23rd kicks off Red Ribbon week and Fort Worth school are participating in a number of ways. In addition to the wearing of red ribbons or bracelets, most schools are hosting voluntary theme days at school this week. If you child is in need of a college shirt, crazy hat, silly socks, or other creative attire there is no need to spend much, if anything, on the items.
First, take a look around your house. Do you have items that can be repurposed? A plain tee-shirt can be embellished with iron-on transfers, fabric paint, or event a design cut out of duct tape. Raid the craft cabinet, the sewing tub, or even the recycling bin for supplies to make your own hat.
Second, if you do need to purchase something, consider shopping secondhand first. Fort Worth has a number of high-quality thrift stores that sell everything from clothing and accessories to home goods and craft supplies.
Finally, before you head out to purchase something new, be sure to look for coupons available online or in weekly circulars. The three most popular craft stores in Fort Worth have printable coupons here:
This week is meant to be fun for children, but also educational. Amidst the creativity and crafting, take the time to talk with your child about drug and alcohol abuse. Even just knowing you are there to talk with them can make a difference. According to the National Family Partnership, "Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations."
Join us in taking the pledge to talk with your children and set a good example at RedRibbon.org.