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Red Ribbon Week

October 27, 2020

Red Ribbon Week Grass Roots Beginnings

This week, students at LaHarpe Schools will be participating in Red Ribbon Week activities.  This week, students will dress in accordance to special themed days.  This coincides with the Fall Party Celebration for Elementary and Junior High School

Tuesday:  "Be comfy in your own skin"  Pajama/sweats day

Wednesday:  "Eagles Pride" or "Team up Against Drugs"  Wear Eagles clothing or sports attire

Thursday: "We Can Be Anything We Want to Be"  Wear costumes



Enrique "Kiki" Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985.  In honor of  Kiki's memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin.  Parents then began to form coalitions using Camarena as their model while embracing his belief that one person can make a difference. These coalitions adopted the symbol of Camarena's memory, the Red Ribbon. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.


Why Do We Need to Have Red Ribbon Week?

  • For kids between the ages of 12-17, 10.6% of them admit to being current illicit drug users.
  • More than 13% of adults who have a dependency on an illegal drug first tried marijuana for the first time at 14 or younger.
  • High school seniors are the most likely age demographic to have used illicit drugs within the past 30 days.
  • About 10% of high school seniors also report using amphetamines at least once over the course of a year.
  • Early substance abuse increases the likelihood of a person developing psychiatric disorders when they are in their 20s.
  • For teens who use drugs, they have a 1 in 4 chance of developing an alcohol dependency when they become an adult.
  • Kids who run away from home at least once are more likely to have tried or regularly used alcohol, drugs, or both.
  • It isn’t cocaine or pot that teens are worried about. 2 out of 3 students say that smoking cigarettes is the greatest risk they can take.
  • Almost 50% of teens believe that prescription drugs are much safer than illegal street drugs.

Check out the official Red Ribbon Week Drug Prevention Website!

Red Ribbon Organization

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