Why Celebrate Red Ribbon Week?

redrbbon1Do YOU know why October 23-27th is special?

This week we celebrate one of the oldest and largest organized drug-free campaigns in the United States. Millions of young people will choose to wear red ribbons to symbolize their pledge to live drug-free lives, but do you know why or how the last week in October came to be Red Ribbon week?

Red Ribbon week first began to honor DEA Kiki Camarena who 25 years ago sacrificed his life fighting drugs. Shortly after his death, his long-time friend organized “Camarena Clubs” whose members pledged to live their lives drug-free. His friend was determined that Kiki’s life and ultimately his death would make a difference in the fight against drugs in America. Then in 1988, the National Family Partnership coordinated the very first National Red Ribbon Week with President and Mrs. Reagan serving as honorary chairpersons.

Today school’s promote Red Ribbon Week in various ways. We too will celebrate this event at White Oak Intermediate with special activities to remind our students the importance of living a drug-free life.

  • MONDAY: WEAR CRAZY SOCKS AND/OR SUNGLASSES
  • TUESDAY: WEAR RED
  • WEDNESDAY: WEAR A CAP OR HAT
  • THURSDAY: WEAR A WHITE OAK, COLLEGE, OR FAVORITE TEAM SHIRT
  • FRIDAY: WEAR CAMOUFLAGE

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