Red Ribbon, National Character Counts Week underway

danCounselor Posts, High School News

Red Ribbon Week in FISD is being celebrated from October 26-30. Again this year National Character Counts Week is celebrated along with Red Ribbon Week.

Character Counts has been a focus for the district K-12. “We continue to highlight a pillar of character each month. Many activities are planned throughout the year in conjunction with the monthly pillars. Red Ribbon Week allows us to shine a spotlight on both programs,” Assistant Superintendent Diane Myers said.

At Friendswood High School, different organizations have an assigned day throughout the week. Each day has a theme, an incentive as well as an activity. All the activities have been planned organized by the students.

Cline, Westwood, Bales, Windsong and FJH has theme days where students dress in conjunction with the theme.

Wednesday, Bales hosts Hometown Heroes, FHS role models come before school to lead the younger students in a pep-rally. These high school students come as early as 7:30 am to sign autographs and visit with the younger kids to encourage a drug free lifestyle.

Red Ribbon Week continues to be Friendswood’s largest awareness activity with respect to drug use. All schools continue anti-drug education throughout the year.

Many good things are happening on FISD campuses with respect to Character Education and Drug Abuse Education.

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On Feb. 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, 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 n all Americans to wear Red Ribbons to symbo9lize 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 in more than 100,000 schools and communities all across America.

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