DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Starting next week across the Wiregrass and the country, high school students will celebrate Red Ribbon Week.

A week where parents and substance abuse centers talk to students and children about the dangers of drug abuse.

During Dothan’s Commission meeting on Tuesday morning, they proclaimed next week to be Red Ribbon Week and even recognized an organization that works year-round around the area to equip the younger generation with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to make positive choices and the pitfalls of substance abuse.

“There is power in prevention and I believe in the 334 Prevention Project. Without 334 and the efforts made by those prior to me being there and many other agencies that work in prevention in our city,” 334 Prevention Project Executive Director, Dana Bonney said. “Dothan would look a little bit different.”

At the end of the proclamation a student handed each commissioner a small red ribbon, which wearing it is a sign of being drug-free.