Red Ribbon Week
If you have every 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 worked 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.
Red Ribbon Week
For our 2019 theme, Just Say Something wanted to emphasize the importance of Just Saying Something. Therefore, we decided on "No Bullies, No Drugs" to be our official Red Ribbon theme for the Upstate. This theme will be printed on our Red Ribbons and will be emphasized at all of our Red Ribbon programs for the week. To order your FREE Red Ribbons, Request a Red Ribbon Program, or view countless activities/lessons, click the appropriate button below.
This year we are hosting our 2nd annual, Red Ribbon 5K at Trailblazer Park in TR to kick off Red Ribbon Week on Sunday, October 21st. As always, we invite all runners and walkers to this event so we can all celebrate being drug-free together!
For any other Red Ribbon needs, give us a call or look through our Red Ribbon Notebook for ideas on activities for all ages!