Several schools in Lexington County School District Three participated in Red Ribbon Week from October 23rd through the 31st. The Red Ribbon Campaign®, which is sponsored by the National Family Partnership, is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in America. Started in 1988, the campaign provides a visible way for schools, communities, families and individuals to commit to a drug-free lifestyle.
Lexington Three schools hosted a variety of celebrations to go along with this year’s national Red Ribbon Week theme, which was “Send A Message. Stay Drug Free.” These activities included numerous theme days across the district such as Pink Day (October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month), Career Day, Pajama Day, and School Spirit Day.
The first national Red Ribbon Campaign was formed in response to the murder of Enrique (Kiki) Camarena, who was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was killed in Mexico in 1985. Since its inception, the Red Ribbon Campaign has reached millions of U.S. children and families, serving as a catalyst for communities to educate children about and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.