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Red Ribbon Week in the Elementary

    What is Red Ribbon Week?  It is the oldest and largest drug prevention awareness campaign in the United States of America.  Red Ribbon Week began in 1988.  It was started after the death of Special Agent Enrique Camarena, who was a Drug Enforcement Officer.  Special Agent Camarena was killed in the line of duty while investigating in Mexico.  Red Ribbon Week was created to honor his devotion to keeping illegal drugs out of the United States and for recognizing the sacrifices he made.  The first official celebrations took place in 1985, right after his death.  At the time, the state of California, where Enrique grew up, was the only state participating.  Soon after, the National Family Partnership wanted to get involved.  The NFP was a group of parents who wanted to play an active part in the education of drug prevention in young adults and kids.  The NFP hopes that by discussing the dangers of drugs, alcohol and cigarettes children will learn all of the dangers of drugs and stay clear of them as they grow up.  Staying drug free is an important part of living and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  

    The Putnam County R-I Elementary students will be participating in Red Ribbon Week October 26-30th.  Some of the activities will include educational lessons in Guidance class focused on making good choices.  There will be a variety of prizes for students as they participate in the week, such as rubber bracelets, ear buds, pencils and more some of which were donated by Preferred Family Health Care.  This week provides are great learning opportunity both at school and home.  As always we appreciate the support that families provide in encouraging their student in learning and living their best life. 

The dress up days are: 

Monday-Use your head-dress in RED!

Tuesday-It's CRAZY to do Drugs! Wear crazy socks! 

Wednesday-Give Drugs the boot! Wear your favorite boots! 

Thursday-Peace out to Drugs, wear tie-dye. 

Friday-TEAM Up against Drugs! WEar your favorite team jersey!