WILMINGTON — Students at Denver Place, East End and Holmes elementary schools recently joined students across the nation in celebrating Red Ribbon Week.
Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs facing local communities. The Red Ribbon Campaign challenges and encourages parents, educators, business owners, and community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles.
Rising to that challenge, Wilmington City Schools elementary students led the way last week by encouraging each other and their families and friends to adopt a healthy, drug-free way of life.
On Monday, students embraced their inner strength showing that “We All Have the Power to be Drug Free” and dressed like superheroes. It was twin day on Tuesday sending the message that “Friends Don’t Let Friends Do Drugs.” Wednesday proved that “Drugs are Wack” as students donned a variety of wacky fashions. Thursday found students in athletic gear proving that “Living Drug Free is No Sweat,” and Friday challenged students to wear red, “Be Bold and Be Drug Free.”
Research shows that children are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs when parents and other role models are clear and consistent in their opposition to substance use and abuse. And, while students certainly enjoyed themselves as they celebrated Red Ribbon Week, they also spent time engaged in serious conversation about serious issues facing the world today.
By celebrating Red Ribbon Week, students could be vocal and visible in their efforts to achieve a drug-free community.
The history of the Red Ribbon dates back to 1985 when Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique S. “Kiki” Camarena was killed by drug traffickers, and the community of Camarena’s hometown of Calexico, California began wearing red ribbons to remember him and commemorate his sacrifice. Congress formally established Red Ribbon Week in 1988.
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.