Saturday, October 24, 2015

Red Ribbon Week! 10/26-10/30

Parents and Students:
It's hard to believe that it is already the end of October and time for Red Ribbon Week!  We will share the following information with students during Red Ribbon Week and have activities planned.  Please see below.
Also, you have the opportunity to take the Parent Pledge.  (See the previous Blog Post).  Thank you to Mrs. Ellison's Event Planning Class for all of their help!

Dress Up Days:
Monday - Red Out - Wear Red!
Tuesday - Sock it to Drugs - Wear Crazy Socks!
Wednesday - Don't Get Mixed Up in Drugs...Wear Mix-matched clothes!
Thursday - Team Up Against Drugs - Wear Team Colors!
Friday - Scare Away Drugs - Costumes, but no Masks!


The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign. NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Celebration. 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 cause by drugs in America.
Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985. When he decided to join the US Drug Enforcement Administration, his mother tried to talk him out of it. "I'm only one person", he told her, "but I want to make a difference."
On Feb. 7, 1985, the 37-year-old Camarena left his office to meet his wife for lunch. Five men appeared at the agent's side and shoved him in a car. One month later, Camarena's body was found. He had been tortured to death.
In honor of Camarena's memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. Parents, sick of the destruction of alcohol and other drugs, had begun forming coalitions. Some of these new coalitions took Camarena as their model and embraced his belief that one person can make a difference. These coalitions also adopted the symbol of Camarena's memory, the red ribbon.
In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children and families. The National Family Partnership (NFP) and its network of individuals and organizations continue to deliver his message of hope to millions of people every year, through the National Red Ribbon Campaign.  (from

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