Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is October 27-31. Each school will have activities throughout the week to draw attention to RR Week and help promote an anti-drug theme.

At Westwood-Bales, students will Lei Off Drugs on Monday with Hawaiian shirts; Stomp Out Drugs Tuesday wearing boots; Be a Superhero Wednesday to have the Power to say No in a Superhero shirt; wear camo clothes Thursday so drugs can’t find them; and pajamas on Friday to Follow Your Dreams and not do drugs.

Cline Elementary has five different days planned. On Monday it is Love Yourself-Be Drug Free wearing red; Tuesday Hats Off to Being Drug Free with favorite hats worn; Wednesday in pajama to Follow Your Dreams and not do drugs; Thursday it is Sock It To Drugs in crazy or mismatched socks and Friday is their Future is Bright Drug Free in bright character shirt or Halloween costume.

At Windsong Intermediate, neon colors are Monday’s choice of attire because their Future is Bright Without Drugs; Tuesday is boot-wearing day to Give Drugs the Boot; Wednesday all Hide From Drugs wearing camo-clothes; Halloween costumes on Thursday to Scare Away Drugs and favorite team shirt or jersey on Friday to Team Up Against Drugs.

Students at Friendswood Junior High started the week with Patriotic Partnership wearing patriotic attire as a Partnership for a Drug Free America; Team Tuesday-Team Up Against Drugs with wearing favorite team wear; Western Wednesday to Give Drugs the BOOT! Wearing wild and wonderful western wear; Throwback Thursday with Turn Back Time and Turn Your Back on Drugs wearing clothes from a favorite era or decade and Fright Fest Friday saying BOO to Drugs while dressing in best costumes with no masks and no weapons.

This week is also National Character Counts Week at Friendswood High School and they are celebrating the Six Pillars of Character.

Monday represents Respect in yellow; Tuesday green for Responsibility; Wednesday purple for Citizenship; Thursday blue for Trustworthiness; and Friday orange for Fairness (and Halloween).

Origin of Red Ribbon Week dates back to 1985

On February 7, 1985, members of a drug gang in Mexico killed undercover Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. Angered by his death and the damaging effects of drugs on our culture, the people of Camarena’s hometown of Calexico, California, began wearing red ribbons in his honor.

Inspired by Kiki’s sacrifice, the Virginia Federation of Parents and the Illinois Drug Education Alliance called on all Americans to wear Red Ribbons to symbolize their commitment to fight drug abuse. Their idea sparked the creation of the first “Red Ribbon Days Campaign.” In 1988, under the leadership of the National Family Partnership, with Nancy Reagan as Honorary Chairperson, Congress proclaimed the first 8-day Red Ribbon Week. Since then, the Red Ribbon movement to remember and honor Kiki’s death and raise drug awareness has been recognized by millions of students and teachers, along with community organizations, service clubs, businesses, faith communities, and law enforcement agencies.

Red Ribbon Week is now celebrated annually during the last full week in October in more than a hundred thousand schools and communities all across America.