Hillsborough is getting ready to celebrate Red Ribbon Week later this month.
Red Ribbon Week is a nationwide effort to encourage community involvement in substance abuse activities.
To show its support for the program, the Township Committee on Tuesday night issued a proclamation naming Oct. 20-28 as Red Ribbon Week in the township.
Minda Maggio, a member of the Hillsborough-Millstone Municipal Alliance, accepted the proclamation.
Red Ribbon Week in Hillsborough will kick off in a ceremony before the high school football game between Hillsborough and Montgomery at about 6:45 p.m. Oct. 19.
The theme of this year’s Red Ribbon Week is “The Best Me is Drug Free!”
Red Ribbon Week was started in 1985 after a federal Drug Enforcement Agency agent was killed by traffickers in Mexico. During the week, sponsored by the National Family Partnership, participants in the campaign wear red ribbons to show their intolerance toward the use of illegal drugs.
Another township event to encourage parents to become more involved with their children is Family Fun Night from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12 at Auten Road Intermediate School.
The $10 per family admission includes a “Just Say No” magic show, family Zumba classes, fitness demonstrations and challenges, prizes, light refreshments, drug/alcohol prevention information. More information on the vent can be found at the school district’s website.
“It’s a great event for the kids,” Township Committeeman Frank DelCore said.
A third family celebration is the township’s annual Halloween party from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25. Cost is $5 per child and pre-registration is required through the township’s website.
The event will begin on the soccer fields next to the municipal complex with hayrides and pumpkin picking. The celebration will then continue in the multi-purpose room of the municipal complex where there will be a haunted house. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.
More than 4,000 children are expected to attend, said Deputy Mayor Gloria MacCauley. Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society.