Ally Ellis – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Thursday, Oct. 25, Youth in Action (YIA) hopes to spread the word to Mustangs to wear red attire to school for Red Ribbon week.

Red Ribbon week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness campaign. On Thursday, millions of people will celebrate.

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Red Ribbon Week was promoted across campus

“We have been looking forward to this day as a club because the whole purpose of our club is to take action and help represent the student body by showing awareness. Recently, we all went to an overnight conference as a club where we did team building and were also drug tested there” said LRHS YIA president, junior Ava Botko.

According to the Drug Enforcement Agency’s “Get Smart About Drugs” website, the week began to recognize the sacrifice of those who enforce US drug laws.

“Red Ribbon Week started after the death of Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena, who in 1985 was brutally murdered by drug traffickers he was investigating in Mexico. After his death, people wanted to honor his sacrifice. Local celebrations began in California – where Camarena grew up – in 1985, and in 1988 the National Family Partnership started the first National Red Ribbon Week.”

Clubs like Student Government Association (SGA) also made posters that are around school to help encourage Mustangs to wear red Thursday to support Red Ribbon week.

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