Azalea Middle and Kalmiopsis Elementary school students recently recognized the 25th Annual Red Ribbon Week.

Red Ribbon Week is an annual event to honor Drug Enforcement

Administration agent Enrique Camarena, who was murdered in 1985, and to

inform children of the dangers of drug, alcohol and tobacco use.

"Red Ribbon week is a time to remember those who have given

everything in the fight against dangerous drugs," DEA acting

administrator Michele Leonhart said. "We wear the red ribbon in tribute

to their courage, and to ensure that their sacrifice was not made in

vain."

Leadership students at Brookings-Harbor High School created and wore red ribbons. They also organized spirit days at Azalea and Kalmiopsis, where the younger students dressed up to remember the week's message.

Spirit days included:

andbull;crazy socks day

andbull;tie dye day

andbull;inside-out clothing day

andbull;crazy hat day

andbull;crazy hair day

Brookings Emblem Club 265 took part in the campaign this year, making 125 large red ribbons for area businesses, and 1,000 small ribbon twists for community members.

This is the first year of the Emblem Club's involvement in the Red Ribbon Week campaign. The group provided 400 red ribbons to the middle school, and anti-drug pledges for students and their parents to sign.

At the urging of the Emblem Club, Brookings City Council and Mayor Larry Anderson recognized Red Ribbon Week with a proclamation on Oct. 25.

"We want to get the community involved," Emblem Club Drug Awareness Chairman Beverly Lyell said. "We want to raise the level of awareness of what the kids face."

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