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Red Ribbon week’s 20th anniversary

POSTED: November 11, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Red Ribbon Week is a week long drug awareness campaign that provides an opportunity to bring parents, schools, businesses, and others together to help create drug free communities.   

The Effingham County School System will observe Red Ribbon Week during the week of Oct. 20-24.  During this time, each school will participate in various activities that promote a “Safe and Drug Free Life.” (Please contact your student’s school for their activities.)

The National Red Ribbon Campaign began as an effort to honor a Federal Drug Enforcement Agent, Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was killed in the line of duty.  Agent Camarena was kidnapped and killed in 1985 while working undercover investigating drug traffickers.  In honor of his memory, friends and neighbors began to wear red satin badges.  In 1988, the National Family Partnership organized the first Red Ribbon Campaign.

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