By Kaylei Watkins and Abby Quesenberry

Red Ribbon Week is a event celebrated all across the nation to promote living a drug free lifestyle. RRW is traditionally celebrated during the last two weeks of the month with Oct. 23-31 being the official Red Ribbon Week.

This national event is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs.

“I’ve talked to some people from other schools,” Student Council Treasurer, Reese Saccoccio said. “They told me that they have problems with their classmates doing different types of drugs.”

The National Family Partnership provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Campaign™. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the death of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, 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. In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.

“I think it’s important that we have Red Ribbon Week at our school,” Eighth grader Karson Lott said. “It highlights the dangers of drugs and how much it can affect you and the people around you.”

During the week of Oct. 23 to Oct. 27, there will be different themes for students to dress up as.

“We will wear ‘Red’ on Monday,” Sixth Grader Katie Hinch said. “ We will also have a Hawaiian theme on Tuesday. We will also be able to wear College Shirts and Crazy Socks on Wednesday and on Thursday the theme is Superhero day. Friday is the Neon blacklight pep rally at the High School.”