Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week, celebrated during the last week of October, is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program.  It reaches millions of people every year.

Red Ribbon Week was created in honor of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, an agent for the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration.)  Their job is to keep us safe from drugs and the people who sell them.  Kiki Camarena worked undercover to investigate a major drug group.  He was found out, kidnapped, and killed by the drug cartel.

Many people were inspired by Kiki Camarena, who gave his life to protect us from drugs.  They formed Camarena Clubs that promised to honor Kiki by staying drug-free.  The club’s symbol was a red ribbon, and that is how Red Ribbon Week began.

By wearing a red ribbon, you tell the world that you honor Kiki Camarena and pledge to live a drug-free life.

When your school celebrates Red Ribbon Week, make sure the kids know about Kiki Camarena.  The lessons will be more memorable for them, and students will be proud to honor this courageous man.  Read more about Kiki at the official government site.

Make your Red Ribbon Week fun and meaningful using the DEA’s 101 ideas for fun activities.

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Posted in Tips for Teachers by Corey Green @ Oct 18, 2010


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