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Red Ribbon Week begins Monday
Oct 23, 2009 | 493 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mayor Jimmy Martinez Jr. and Belinda Aguirre, Hampton Moreno-Dugat principal, display information about Red Ribbon Week for students (bottom row, left to right) Avery, Kyleigh, Alisynn and Alexis, and (standing, left to right) Victoria, Laci, Jaydon, Lana and Aydon.
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Beeville ISD will kick off Red Ribbon Week on Oct. 26-29. Join the BISD and thousands of other schools and community organizations across the United States as they focus on turning young people away from drugs, officials said. Wearing red ribbons will demonstrate support of the drug abuse prevention program.

All campuses will have fun activities and themes for this week which promotes positive choices, good character and a healthy lifestyle for children of every age.

Red Ribbon Week was inspired by the heroic work and sacrifice of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. In 1985, while working undercover in Mexico, he was abducted and killed.

A movement to honor Camarena’s memory was launched within weeks by his friends and family in his hometown of Calexico, Calif. Clubs were organized and members pledged to live drug free in honor of the fallen agent and others like him. The clubs gained national attention in the spring of 1985 when two members presented the Camarena Club Proclamation to former first lady Nancy Reagan.

The program spread to other states and parent groups began promoting the wearing of red ribbons as a symbol of the fight against drugs. The grassroots movement continued to grow and in 1988 the U.S. Congress proclaimed Oct. 23-31, 2009, as Red Ribbon Week.

A full list of the week’s activities can be seen at mysoutex.com.
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