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HISTORY: Red Ribbon week began in 1985 in Honor of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was killed fighting drug traffickers in Mexico. Today, Red Ribbon Week is nationally recognized and celebrated. The Red Ribbon Campaign has also become a symbol of support for the DEA’s efforts to reduce demand for drugs through prevention and education programs.
AT LA MARIPOSA: We focus on healthy choices and establishing positive ties with our community and local law enforcement. Our PTA and administration believe strongly emphasizing smart choices and establishing a foundation of support goes along way in keeping our students drug free when they face more difficult decisions in middle school and beyond.
AT HOME: At the elementary level, specific conversations about drug use should take place at home. If you are not sure how to approach this subject with your younger children here are some great, age appropriate resource for you:
- Kinder – 3rd Grade: 8 tips to connect with your young child
- Grade 4-6: 8 tips to connect with your preteen
- 6 Parenting Practices That Help Reduce the Chances Your Child will Develop a Drug or Alcohol Problem
- Time to Talk Kit: Age Specific Sections on What to Say and How To Recognize Teachable Moments
- How to Develop a Family Policy: Are you sure your kids know exactly where you stand on drugs, alcohol and tobacco?
The Week’s Activities
Monday: Students wore a sports jersey or Jog-a-thon t-shirt. Athletes from Camarillo High School joined us during the lunch period and talked to the kids about making healthy choices as athletes. Teachers received red ribbons to have the kids tie on the fence.
Tuesday & Wednesday: Local law enforcement to visit kids during lunch.
Thursday: Twin day “Help A Friend Make Good Choices”, students dress like a friend.
Friday: We had a very special end of the week morning assembly featuring the Oxnard K9 unit and Police Officers.
Special thanks to PTA Red Ribbon Week leads Jill Hodges and Nicole Brower! A big thank you to Susan Weerakkody, Principal Williams, Elizabeth Jensen, Diana Goodson, & Erin Jertberg for sharing their photos with the Pawprint while our editor was on hiatus!