Manning Regional Healthcare Center

Community Partners to Recognize Red Ribbon Week

The Recovery Center at Manning Regional Healthcare Center, IKM-Manning Schools, the City of Manning Police Department and many other community partners are taking part in Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31, the largest drug-abuse prevention campaign in the world. IKM-Manning students in preschool through eighth grade are raising awareness of substance abuse prevention as well as encouraging healthy, drug free kids.

“According to the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment, smoking and vaping were tied for the third most important health issue affecting our communities,” said MRHC CEO, Linn Block, RN, BSN, MHA. “Therefore, we felt it was important for many organizations to come together during Red Ribbon Week to encourage students and adults alike to be drug- and alcohol-free.”

This year’s Red Ribbon Week national theme is "be happy, be brave, be drug free", echoing the campaign’s main goal of encouraging children, families and communities to live healthy, happy and drug-free lives.

“Kids face more temptations now than ever before, so it is our job to not only serve as good role models but to inform them of the dangers that drugs and alcohol pose,” said Block.

The elementary school students are showing their support by coloring various designs featuring drug-free messages. These designs will be hung up throughout the IKM-Manning communities in businesses and open storefronts.

The 4th-5th grade students participated in a poster design contest, and the top designs in each grade, judged by the student council, were awarded chamber bucks as prizes.

The 6th-8th grade students will participate in Red Ribbon Week BINGO, and everyone who completed a BINGO card will be entered to win one of ten candy bouquets from Kristina’s Flowers, thanks to a Thrivent Action Team grant. Prizes will be awarded at the end of Red Ribbon Week.

Along with these awareness activities, elementary students are also participating in dress-up days and various other classroom activities.

“Although educational presentations are limited this year due to COVID-19, the Crawford County drug dogs are coming for a presentation to 7th and 8th grade students,” said Rachel Merkel, IKM-Manning K-8 guidance counselor. “In addition, the Manning Police department will be talking to each of the classes.”

The Recovery Center at MRHC is a 16-bed, co-ed chemical dependency facility located in Manning. For nearly four decades, Recovery Center staff have adapted treatments to meet the most pressing or newly emergent addiction issues. From alcoholism, to the influx of meth to the abuse of prescription painkillers, staff have consistently helped clients take their first step toward healthy, drug and alcohol-free lifestyles.   

For more information about the Recovery Center, visit or call 712-655-2300.

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