Red Ribbon Week

October 30, 2010 05:00 am

Beverly Lyell, Emblem Club 265 drug awareness chairwoman, holds proclamation while flanked by Brookings-Harbor High School students Jessica Yock, Freshman Class president, left, and Hannah Goergen, Freshman Class secretary. Submitted photo
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:

•crazy socks day

•tie dye day

•inside-out clothing day

•crazy hat day

•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.

Students at Azalea Middle School participate in Red Ribbon Week by coming to school in weird clothes, hats, and hairstyles. The Pilot/Arwyn Rice

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.”