WOODLAND PARK, NJ - October is the busiest month of the year for the Woodland Park Municipal Alliance Against Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, as it plans and hosts several events for the three local schools as well as the public. The Alliance is a volunteer based community group that is funded by the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

During Red Ribbon Week, which was marked Oct. 23-31, all the schools had different theme days, such as wearing red, funny socks or team jerseys. Local Daisy and Girl Scouts put out red ribbons outside of the schools. In all three schools, there was a door decorating contest where classes displayed what underage drinking and using drugs means to them and how it is harmful.

Red Ribbon Week was kicked off with a free yoga and mindfulness class for families at Dowling Gardens and capped with the annual Trick or Trunk event on Halloween where some 500 children spent an evening safely trick or treating to the 40 plus volunteer "trunks" in attendance.

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The winners for the door decorating contest at the schools were announced on Oct. 28. The Alliance selected two winners per school and classes will be treated to a pizza party from the Alliance. The winning doors are:

Memorial Middle School: Mr. Segarra’s class with “Huff and Puff" and Mrs. Ficarra’s classroom with “Mice Traps”

Beatrice Gilmore School: Mrs. Voinov’s classroom with “Latte to Do" and Mrs. Facciollio’s class with “Haunted Houses"

Charles Olbon School:  Mrs. Parker’s classroom with "Pirates" and Ms. Morris’ class with “Witches/Brooms”

Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon 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 caused by drugs in America.

District students signed the Red Ribbon Youth Pledge, where they declared they would pledge to grow up safe, healthy and drug free. They pledged they would also work to educate family and friends on the importance of living healthy and drug free.