Duncanville ISD staff and students joined millions of Americans taking a stand against drug abuse during the last week of October (10/24-10/28). The nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program, Red Ribbon Week is a unified effort by schools, businesses, the faith community, media, families, and community coalitions to show support for the battle against drug abuse and its consequences. The event was started in 1988 to pay tribute to DEA Special Agent Enriqué “Kiki” Camarena, who was killed while trying to stop drug traffickers along the US/Mexico border.
Each year Duncanville ISD celebrates Red Ribbon Week with school-wide events, including dress-up days, poster contests, and assemblies. Each school develops their own themes for each day, encouraging students to look to the future and pledge to live drug-free in order to achieve their dreams. This year, Central Elementary encouraged students to “Give Drugs the Boot” and “Black out Drugs,” allowing students to wear boots and black clothing while reminding them that drugs are harmful to our bodies. The school also held a “Team Up Against Drugs” day where staff and students wore their favorite team jerseys, and local magician and motivational speaker David Hira entertained students while teaching them the secret to staying away from drugs – “No, Go, Tell, Yell!”
Alexander Elementary students celebrated Red Ribbon Week with themed days like “Walk Away From Drugs, ” taking walks around the campus to show that activities like walking and exercise will keep our bodies healthy. Students were also given pencils on “Erase Drug Use” day and allowed to wear their pajamas on “Follow Your Dreams” day. Hyman Elementary students celebrated Red Ribbon Week with an assembly from the NED Show, encouraging students to say no to drugs and bullying through positive messages: Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best. We’ve compiled a photo gallery of Red Ribbon Week celebrations – enjoy!