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Red Ribbon Week

October 8, 2010

Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence awareness campaign observed annually in the United States.

It began in 1985 when Special Agent Enrique S. “Kiki” Camarena of the Drug Enforcement Administration was kidnapped and killed by drug traffickers. Shortly after his death, citizens from his hometown in California began to wear red ribbons to remember him and to honor his sacrifice.

The anti-drug and violence message spread quickly and in 1988 Red Ribbon Week began being celebrated nationwide. The Red Ribbon itself now symbolizes a continuing commitment to reduce the demand for drugs in our community.

Douglas School will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week the last week in October. We are planning fun activities and prizes for all students who join us.

We will be having a poster contest that will be judged by Douglas staff, and the winner will receive a gift basket valued at over $40. Everyone who enters will receive a small prize for participating.

Douglas Youth Leadership Group chose the theme “Say Peace Out to Drugs.” In the poster contest, students must either use that theme or make a poster honoring Agent Camarena.

Posters are due to teachers by Friday, October 22 at noon. We will be decorating the school with the posters and the contest winner will be announced on Wednesday, October 27.

We hope every student joins in the poster contest and in celebrating “Peace Out to Drugs” at Douglas.