RED RIBBON WEEK
October 24-28, 2016
Many schools will be observing Red Ribbon Week this month, a brief history of why we observe this might be helpful. This is a time to focus on the harm of drugs and alcohol.It came into existence because of a man named Enrique (Kiki) Camarena who grew up in a dirt-floored house with hopes of making a difference. Camarena worked his way through college, served in the Marines, became a police officer and decided to join the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
He was sent to Mexico to investigate a major drug carel. One day, as he was leaving the office to meet his wife for lunch, five men appeared alongside of him and shoved him into a car. One month later, Camarena's body was found in a shallow grave. He had been tortured to death.
In honor of Camarena's memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. A coalition was formed as a result and red ribbbons came to symbolize Camarena's memory and his fight against drugs.
The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign in 1988. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children. Each year, during the last week of October, Texas schools celebrate RED RIBBON WEEK.
During RED RIBBON Week, students at Hudson ISD will be involved in several activities designed to promote a drug-free life style. Please check your child's campus website for information about events planned for the week.