City and county schools have scheduled activities this week in recognition of Red Ribbon. This special time is a way for communities to show their commitment to a drug-free lifestyle. It is also a way for schools to show their support of Drug Abuse Resistance Education programs taught by local police and deputies.
This year's theme commemorates the 20th anniversary of the kidnapping, torture and murder of Drug Enforcement agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena at the hands of drug traffickers in Mexico, according to the Red Ribbon Web site. Following his death, Camarena's friends and neighbors wore red badges of satin in his honor to show that they would continue the fight against illegal drugs.
The Red Ribbon Campaign is now the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the United States. Each year, from Oct. 23-31, members of the community are asked to wear the red ribbons to present a unified front in the war on drugs.
For information about Red Ribbon Week, visit www.nfp.org/redribbon.
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