Wickliffe Elementary School took a visible stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23 to Oct. 31.
Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs facing the community, and encourages parents, educators, business owners and other community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles.
“Red Ribbon Week encourages our entire community to adopt healthy, drug-free lifestyles,” said Melissa Cagle, principal. “The campaign brings together parents, schools and businesses as we look for innovative ways to keep kids and communities drug-free.”
The red ribbon symbolizes a continuing commitment to reducing the demand for illicit drugs in communities. In 1985, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique S. "Kiki" Camarena was killed by drug traffickers. Shortly after Camarena's death, citizens from his hometown of Calexico, Calif., began wearing red ribbons to remember him and commemorate his sacrifice. Congress established Red Ribbon Week in 1988.
“Red Ribbon Week gives us the opportunity to be vocal and visible in our efforts to achieve a drug-free community,” said Cagle. “Research shows that children are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs when parents and other role models are clear and consistent in their opposition to substance use and abuse.”