Monday, October 24, 2005

Red Ribbon Week

The Moberly Monitor-Index Online: "The 2005 celebration of National Red Ribbon Week is October 23-31, 2005. Communities and students across America are coming together to commit themselves to live drug-free lives. It is very important to the men and women of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to join with others to support eh goals and dreams of our children and to commemorate the ultimate sacrifice made by Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena on our behalf.

National Red Ribbon Week serves as a tribute to Special Agent Camarena who was brutally tortured and murdered by drug traffickers in Mexico. In honor of Camarena's memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign in 1988. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children. Over 80 million Americans are expected to participate in Red Ribbon events this year." (more)

During Red Ribbon Week, the school is decorated and each class is given large ribbons to sign and tie on a tree as a pledge to "Say NO to Drugs". The students are given bracelets and rewarded with licorice each day for wearing them. - 2004 Olive Elementary School

What does Red Ribbon Week mean to you?

Alva Review Courier

Alva Elementary School Counselor Brenda Dixon asks parents to take this opportunity to encourage youth to make good choices concerning all medicines and drugs.

"Talk with your child(ren) to help work through childhood questions and fears," Dixon said. "Remember, adults set the example so join the yearly promotion of Red Ribbon Week to symbolize commitment to the fight of illegal use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco." (more)

October 25 UPDATE:

Last night on the news, it was reported that 70 million doses of flu vaccine is available this season nationwide.

Yesterday, I called the national office of D.A.R.E. and was told that the national organization does not participate in Red Ribbon Week.

In the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) press release, it is stated that "Approximately 80 million people participate in Red Ribbon events nationally from October 23-31."

I don't understand how the DEA came up with 80 million 2005 Red Ribbon participants. In fact, it appears to be a totally made up number.

The press nationwide is using this false figure in their articles and the public is presented with a dishonest snapshot of the events support.

This is a good story for vlogger citizen journalists to check out.