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.