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14 11 2011

Red Ribbon Week 2011

Red Ribbon Week was celebrated last month from Oct. 22 – 30. The events were organized by the Student Council to teach students about the importance of being drug free.

“Red Ribbon Week is basically a week where the students do something each day to support being drug free,” student council member Jamie Moore said. ”It raises awareness of why students should be drug free.”

The events involved dressing up in weird clothes every day of the week. On Monday it was Cowboy day, then Red day, Camo day, Black day and School Spirit day. Each day has it’s own message but some students think the events could be better.

“ They make the students dress out in special outfits, so I guess it works, but I think a pep rally would be better,” sophomore Carlos Arochi said.

Arochi said that a pep rally would be effective because it would get students more excited, they wouldn’t be bored by the events used. Moore said he thought that the events were well thought out and just needed more students to be involved.

“ I helped organize Red Ribbon Week,” Moore said, “ I think the events are good but they could be improved.”

Red Ribbon Week was started after the Enrique Camarena foundation, a foundation based on the life of Enrique Camarena. Camarena was an undercover DEA officer who died on the job; the foundation helps teach students and children the importance of being drug free so more people like Camarena do not have to put their life at risk.

“ I feel like the Red Ribbon Week is very important to this school and its students,” Arochi said.

Red Ribbon Week is celebrated annually around the nation, this year’s slogans included cowboy up against drugs, red to show your support against drugs and for the Rangers, join the war against drugs on Camo day, black out drugs on black day and show your spirit to be drug free on Spirit day.

“ I think the events should involve the students more, I feel like it would make it a more important event in their eyes,” Moore said.

The dates for next year’s Red Ribbon Week have not been set yet, but all schools in the district, including elementary schools, will celebrate it. Red Ribbon Week was first celebrated in Imperial Valley, Cal. In 1985, since then it has been celebrated at high schools across the nation.

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