Community Celebrates Drug Free Message
“Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.”
It’s one of the most important messages young people will ever hear and it is the theme of this year’s Red Ribbon Campaign, which is being celebrated the entire month of October. In addition, the week of October 23-31 has been designated as the Official Red Ribbon Week.
The Red Ribbon Campaign was created in 1985 to honor the memory of DEA agent Enrique Camarena who lost his life while battling drug traffickers. According to the organization, Camarena’s mother, knowing how dangerous the work could be, tried to talk him out of joining the DEA.
He responded by saying, “I’m only one person, but I want to make a difference.”
The Red Ribbon Campaign is lead in this community by the Westminster Area Community Awareness Action Team (C.A.A.T.), which was formed in 1981. The group has worked tirelessly to help young people understand the dangers of drug use and the benefits of a drug free lifestyle.
The C.A.A.T. team is scheduled to appear at the Tuesday, October 13 Board of Education meeting to talk about their efforts and support a proclamation regarding Red Ribbon Month.
You can read that proclamation here.
This year, families can get involved by entering a contest sponsored by the DEA, to promote awareness in their neighborhoods and win a drug prevention grant for their school.
To participate, families and students are invited to decorate the outside of their homes with the message, “The Best Me is Drug Free.” They can take a photo with the family and their Red Ribbon Week decoration, and upload it to www.redribbon.org/contest or www.facebook.com/RedRibbonWeek by November 2nd.
One of the highlights of the Red Ribbon Awareness campaign is C.A.A.T.’s partnership with the Colorado National Guard which flies helicopters into area schools during the month of October. One of those visits was to Sherrelwood Elementary and you can read about the event here.
Posted October 12th, 2015