Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week is a United States education and prevention initiative to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. During the official Red Ribbon Week, celebrated from October 23rd to 31st of every year, the initiative promotion encourages students nationwide to make a pledge to live drug and alcohol free.
NATIONAL RED RIBBON CAMPAIGN™
The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign. NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Campaign™. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America.
Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985. When he decided to join the US Drug Enforcement Administration, his mother tried to talk him out of it. "I'm only one person", he told her, "but I want to make a difference."
On Feb. 7, 1985, the 37-year-old Camarena left his office to meet his wife for lunch. Five men appeared at the agent's side and shoved him in a car. One month later, Camarena's body was found. He had been tortured to death.
In honor of Camarena's memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. Parents, sick of the destruction of alcohol and other drugs, had begun forming coalitions. Some of these new coalitions took Camarena as their model and embraced his belief that one person can make a difference. These coalitions also adopted the symbol of Camarena's memory, the red ribbon.
In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children and families. The National Family Partnership (NFP) and its network of individuals and organizations continue to deliver his message of hope to millions of people every year, through the National Red Ribbon Campaign™.
S.A.D.D. is hosting a stress-less week to help the students at DelVal learn healthy ways to cope with their everyday stressors. Each day we will have a table set-up outside the cafeteria during unit lunch with information, tips, and goodies. We will also host an event after school on Thursday, February 28th where students can make their own stress balls, color mandalas, and enjoy some free tea and baked goods in the cafeteria.
What is NEDA week?
NEDA Week is a collective effort of primary volunteers, including eating disorder professionals, healthcare providers, students, educators, social workers, and individuals committed to raising awareness of the dangers surrounding eating disorders and the need for early intervention and treatment. NEDA week usually occurs each year at the end of February.
Distracted Driving Awareness Week
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Every year, SADD hosts a week long event to bring awareness to our school community about the dangers of driving distracted. We do this in partnership with the U Got Brains Initiative. We set-up a table outside the cafeteria each day with helpful information, pledges to drive safe, contests, and other goodies and handouts. We also host a Mario Kart tournament after school where students are able to play the video game both while distracted and while focused. They get a chance to win prizes and enjoy refreshments for free.