CISD to Celebrate Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week occurs each year during the last week in October but its roots can be traced to 1988 after Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camerena had been kidnapped, tortured, and murdered by Mexican drug traffickers a few years earlier. An effort to never forget the sacrifice and memory of a friend started as a small gathering in the town of Calexico, California, grew to include a few hundred pledges (to lead drug-free lives) that were signed and delivered to First Lady Nancy Reagan during a national conference. Other states took notice and today, with over 80 million participants, National Red Ribbon Week remains the nation’s largest drug prevention program.
Students in Coppell ISD participate in Red Ribbon Week activities in a variety of ways including travelling to the State Capitol to participate in a demonstration of effective and responsible state anti-drug legislative policymaking inside the House of Representatives. Students debated 9 anti-drug bills on the House floor. Austin Elementary’s bill prohibiting smoking in the presence of minors was overwhelmingly adopted by the mock Congress. (Click here for a list of campus activities)