The Red Ribbon Week campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week, which is Oct. 23-31.
Included in this article is information about Red Ribbon Week as well as various events involving Scott Air Force Base recognizing the week.
What is Red Ribbon Week?
It is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. Show personal commitment to a drug-free lifestyle through the symbol of the Red Ribbon.
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Why have it?
The Red Ribbon Campaign was started when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered Drug Enforcement Agency agent Kiki Camarena in 1985. This began the continuing tradition of displaying Red Ribbons as a symbol of intolerance towards the use of drugs. The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a drug-free America.
Who organizes this?
National Family Partnership is the sponsor of the National Red Ribbon Week Celebration.
Red Ribbon Week helps citizens across the country come together to keep children, families and communities safe, healthy and drug-free through parent training, networking and sponsoring the National Red Ribbon Campaign.
Why support the national theme?
A theme unifies each year’s campaign and helps to broadcast one message, creating a tipping point to change behavior.
How can people support?
Plan a Red Ribbon celebration. Order and display Red Ribbon materials with the National Red Ribbon Theme. Proceeds from the sale of Red Ribbon theme merchandise helps support prevention programs across America. People can order for family, students, staff, patients, employees and customers and encourage them to wear the red ribbon symbol.
This year’s Red Ribbon Week theme is “Your future is key, so stay drug free” and will feature multiple activities and events, listed below. For more info, call Carrie Payne at 256-7489.
SCOTT’S RED RIBBON KICK-OFF CELEBRATION
▪ Oct. 23: 6-8:30 p.m. at Fun Spot Skating Rink; free entry for youth, $5 for adults; rentals: $2 for regular, $4 for inline; prizes will be awarded.
▪ Oct. 26: 3:30 p.m. at the Base Youth Center.
CIVIL AIR PATROL OPEN HOUSE
▪ Oct. 23-31: CAP Headquarters on Scott AFB.
▪ Oct. 23-31: The Base Exchange, Scott Library, Education Center, and Medical Group.