Red Ribbon Week for Anti-Drug Use




Two Red Ribbon Week activities taking place Friday in EVSC Schools


  • Stringtown Elementary, 8:05 a.m., 4720 Stringtown Road:  Students will gather outside following their morning news report and will do a red balloon release to show their pledge to be drug free.  This is the culminating event of a week of activities informing students about the danger of drug use.  Contact at the event:  Principal Martin Brown.


  • Bosse High School, 1:20 p.m., 1300 Washington Avenue:  Teen Power students at Bosse are getting the word out about not using drugs through several activities including Friday’s theme day — wearing t-shirts using the theme: “Day of the Dead.”  They will have a wrecked car parked on campus to symbolize what can happen and at 1:40, a school-wide assembly with guest speakers will be conducted.  Interviews with Teen Power students are available around 1:20 to talk about the importance of not using drugs, and what they are doing at Bosse to get the word out.  Media are welcome to stay for the assembly following the interviews for b-roll and photos.  Contact at the event: Teacher Sally Hale.


Background: National Family Partnership (formerly National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth) annually provides drug awareness by sponsoring the National Red Ribbon Celebration. The movement started in 1988, in response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena. His murder angered parents, and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.