My kids are heading off to school wearing hats for the first day of Red Ribbon Week. Every day has a different activity — from crazy hair day to wearing clothes inside out — to get kids excited in schools all across the country as they highlight drug prevention in the largest and oldest anti-drug campaign. This year’s theme is “It’s Up To Me To Be Drug Free.”
Red Ribbon week is sponsored by the National Family Partnership and is the annual event to declare intolerance for drugs in our schools, work places, and communities. The red ribbons were originally worn at a high school in Calexico, California in 1985 to honor fallen Special Agent Kiki Camerena who was at the forefront of a huge drug cartel investigation.
Today Red Ribbon Week is celebrated country-wide in honor of all who have lost their lives in support of our nation’s struggle against drug trafficking and abuse. The United States Drug Enforcement Administration claims, “Each year, during the last week in October, more than 80 million young people and adults show their commitment to a healthy, drug-free life by wearing or displaying the Red Ribbon.”
What are your kids doing for Red Ribbon Week this year?