Red Ribbon Week at Smith – students unite against drug use

| October 23, 2015

Smith.jpg-websiteA number of interesting activities will be held at Smith Middle School to increase student awareness of the dangers of drug abuse, and to help students avoid using drugs.
This week is Red Ribbon Week at Smith, and teachers and students will discuss peer pressure, and how students can use positive peer pressure to help their friends say no to drugs.
The following information about Smith Middle School Red Ribbon Week is provided by student Bailey Woods:
Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug- prevention program reaching millions of Americans during the last week of October every year and it is in full swing at George A. Smith Middle School. Students are having fun dressing in different styles.
Monday, students are to dress with their favorite sports team jerseys, for “stay in the game” by avoiding drugs.
On Tuesday, it’s the 1980’s all over again, “peace out to drugs” with tie dye and peace signs on every student.
On Wednesday, it’s mismatched day, where students are showing that “drugs are no match for them”!
Thursday, students are to “twin up against drugs” as they and their best friend will dress the same.
Friday everyone wears red, showing that they are drug free — all in support of Red Ribbon Week.
All students will also be signing a pledge to show their support about staying drug free that will be posted in the cafeteria. You can support Red Ribbon Week as well by visiting Red Ribbon Week.org and signing a pledge to show that you support a drug free lifestyle!
Email teacher Alexandria DeCicco for more information about Red Ribbon Week activities.

The Drug Enforcement Administration  was created by President Richard Nixon through an Executive Order in July, 1973, in order to establish a single, unified command to combat “an all-out global war on the drug menace.”  Red Ribbon Week was created in 1985 in honor of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. He had been working undercover to expose a multimillion dollar narcotic drug ring in Guadalajara, Mexico. It was after his kidnapping and murder that Enrique Camarena’s hometown began to display red ribbons in the honor of his work. The red ribbons became a symbol for drug prevention in California and eventually nationwide. In 1988  the first National Red Ribbon Week was organized and celebrated by the National Family Partnership.

 

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Keith Kaufman is the Director of Community Relations for Solanco School District. 786-5617.

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