On February 7, 1985, Enrique Camarena, a U.S. Drug Enforcement agent, was brutally murdered after unlocking a multi-billion dollar drug pipeline. Because of this, citizens came together and selected a Red Ribbon as their symbol to show intolerance to drugs and how they should not be used in the workplace, in schools, or anywhere in the community. In 1988, Red Ribbon Week was proclaimed by congress of the United States of America.
Every year at Brownstown the school participates in Red Ribbon Week, a week out of the year where Mrs. Stine, the elementary P.E. and Jr High Health teacher, encourages students to say no to drugs. She also encourages her students and community members to join her in a walk or run to demonstrate that when people work together, they can make a difference.
This year, Red Ribbon Week takes place on October 20th through the 24th. Each day of the week has a different theme in which students are encouraged to participate. Monday was “Walk Away from Drugs”, on this day the students are to wear a lot of red. Tuesday, was “We CAN Make a Difference”, students are encouraged to bring a canned food item that will go into a backpack for an area food bank program. Wednesday is “Drugs Can Make You BLUE”, students are to wear the color blue. Thursday is “Sock it to Drugs”, where students can wear crazy socks. Finally, Friday is “Team Up Against Drugs”, where students are to wear their favorite sports team or school spirit attire.In 2013, Miss Stine had 94 family, friends, and community members come to walk with the elementary students during their P.E. times. Also, they walked 789.75 miles and 9,740 laps all together! Each year Mrs.Stine wishes to beat previous records, and help everyone stand up and fight against drug use . She is very passionate about this week and does a lot of work to put it all together. It is inspiring to see the community come together to support such a great cause.
by Tabitha Dolan
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