Monday, October 31st through Friday, November 4th was Red Ribbon Week at Breathitt High School. Red Ribbon Week stems from the 1985 kidnapping, torture, and brutal murder of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Agent, Enrique "Kiki" Camarena. At the time of his demise, Agent Camarena had been working undercover in Guadalajara, Mexico for over four years investigating the sale of illegal drugs into the U. S. from Mexico. In 1988, Red Ribbon Week was recognized for the first time nationally by President Ronald and First Lady Nancy Reagan who also served as the first Honorary Chairs. Today, the Red Ribbon Week brings millions of people together to raise awareness regarding the need for alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention, early intervention, and treatment services. It is the largest, most visible prevention awareness campaign observed annually in the United States.
In honor of the annual event, the BHS Family Resource Youth Service Center (FRYSC) sponsored a Spirit Week to raise efforts of drug and alcohol prevention awareness. The week kicked off with “Costume Day” on Monday, to correlate with the Halloween holiday. Student and staff costumes ranged from cute to scary and had many smiling at the creativity exhibited. Tuesday had everyone seeing red as it was designated “Wear Red Day”. Our cafeteria staff joined in the fun serving red eggs for breakfast. Wednesday ultimately became “revenge of the nerds” as it was deemed “Nerd Day”. On Thursday, students and staff were transported back in time to the “80s” as the big hair, leg warmers, Ray Ban Sunglasses, etc…dominated as the fashion trend for the day. This blast from the past gave students a chance to dress in styles their parents and much of the BHS staff had fashioned some years ago and proved to be the most popular of all the red ribbon days. Finishing out the week on Friday, students dressed for “Blue/White Day” to show support for our fabulous Football Bobcats as they competed in their first round of play-off action.
Prizes were awarded daily to those individuals deemed to have portrayed the day most effectively. Students were also given red ribbons and paw print buttons to wear representing their pledge to live a drug free life. The ribbons and buttons were turned in at the end of the week for tickets that were placed in drawings for some super nice prizes including: a karaoke machine, Play Station 2 and Wii games, portable DVD players, and a Nintendo DS Lite, just to name a few.
BHS students weren’t the only ones enjoying the festivities of the week’s events. A Red Ribbon Week door decorating contest was also implemented with Miss Tara Beth Hall’s door taking grand honors. In addition, on Red Day, Mrs. Cora Bowling received the prize for being the 5th period teacher with the most number of students wearing red in her class, having had 17 out of 17 students to participate.
FRYSC Director, Nan Herald, was extremely pleased with the success of this year’s Red Ribbon Week, as it was her first one since becoming the new coordinator of the BHS Family Resource Youth Service Center. Students and staff enjoyed a great week of education and entertainment leaving many students talking about ideas for next year’s Red Ribbon Week Campaign.
Thanks to everyone who participated. Click on Photo Gallery to view more Red Ribbon Week photos.