If you have ever wondered how Red Ribbon Week came about, it all started with an extremely brave man who ended up giving up his life. Below is a very brief version of his story.
Enrique "Kiki" Camarena served as a marine, a fireman, and finally a policeman. After seeing many of his friends get involved in drugs, he joined the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as an undercover agent. After being captured during one of his missions, he was tortured and murdered. Kiki gave his life in the fight against drugs. He gave his life trying to help others. To honor him, his family and friends wore red ribbons. As his story spread across the country, others began to wear ribbons, too. Now, every year millions of Americans celebrate Red Ribbon Week (October 23rd-31st) to remember Kiki and to take a stand - just as he did - against illegal drugs. Kiki set an example for all of us. He showed us how one person can change things. And he became a hero. All he wanted to do was make a difference. We hope somewhere, somehow, he can see what a difference he’s still making today.
This year, Just Say Something provided Red Ribbon Resources to Greenville County schools, which included Red Ribbon wristbands, pledge cards, and a banner. Elementary Schools also received copies of “The Red Ribbon, A Story of Hope”, “Stinky the Skunk”, “Doodle Bug”, “Robbie Rabbit”, and “Brothers” Storybooks. These materials may be used or worn by students all year long as a daily reminder to continue living a substance-free life!
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