Prevention Plus: GRADD Flag Raising Ceremony
Government of Ridgefield Against Drunk Driving (GRADD) Flag Raising Ceremony was held on May 29 in front of Town Hall. This is the 32nd year of the program!
Sponsored by the Ridgefield Police Department, GRADD is a cooperative effort between the police department, students, faculty, town government and citizens to encourage a safe and sober graduation period for our students.
Graduation from high school is a time of celebration. Unfortunately, this celebration often involves alcohol and/or drugs. GRADD is a town-wide effort to keep our community safe during this celebratory time.
In advance of the flag raising ceremony, police officers present an anti-drinking and driving presentation in a school assembly to reinforce the dangers of drunk driving. During the ceremony, speakers talked about how proud they are of all the accomplishments of the graduating seniors as well as the importance of their leadership over the summer in being safe and setting good examples for younger kids.
The flag raising is one of many signs designed to show support of the graduating class. Police officers wear ribbons on their uniforms, class colors are flown on the flag poles of all town buildings, and ribbons are tied to the antennae of the police patrol units.
Both the Ridgefield Prevention Council (RPC) and the Ridgefield Coalition against Alcohol and Substance Abuse (RCASA) ask that each member of the Ridgefield community play their part too and lead by example to allow everyone to enjoy a safe summer.