Red Ribbon Week, which is celebrated annually in October, is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program. It is an anti-drug campaign to bring light to the dangers of drugs in America.
The Red Ribbon Campaign came about in response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena in 1985, when angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America.
In 1988, the National Family Partnership coordinated the first National Red Ribbon Week with President and Mrs. Reagan serving as honorary Chairpersons. Since then, the Red Ribbon Campaign has taken on national significance, and NFP continues to coordinate the campaign for families, schools, and communities across the nation each year. Wearing red ribbons during the month of October continues to represent a pledge to live drug-free and honors the sacrifice of all who have lost their lives in the fight against drugs. Thousands of schools across the country use Red Ribbon Week to engage youth in dialogues about the importance of making positive life choices and avoiding the temptation to use drugs and alcohol.
Please check out the following activities we have planned at Virginia Avenue Charlotte DeHart Elementary for your child to participate in during the week.