Starting next week, Weston students and community members will join with thousands of others across the country to raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse as they celebrate Red Ribbon Week.
It will be held in Weston from Monday, Oct. 29, through Wednesday, Oct. 31, and is sponsored by the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program (ADAP) of Weston.
On Monday, ADAP’s Youth Leadership Council (YLC) members will kick off the celebration with red balloons, music and a “Munchkin Monday” breakfast at Weston High School. All WHS students are asked to wear red.
In addition, ADAP’s student leadership members are filming a short public service announcement to increase drug and alcohol awareness. It will be shown in the homerooms of all sixth through eighth grade students at Weston Middle School.
The Youth Leadership Council provides a monthly forum for Weston students to discuss the challenges they face in high school and to learn about the risks associated with alcohol and substance abuse.
The first Red Ribbon campaign was organized by a grassroots organization of parents and communities to unite and take a stand against alcohol and substance abuse after the killing in 1985 of U.S. Drug Enforcement agent Enrique Camerena.
The red ribbon became the symbol of the movement in honor of Camarena, who was kidnapped and tortured to death while working undercover in Mexico.
The town of Weston has been celebrating Red Ribbon Week since the inception of the campaign.
For more information on ADAP, visit westonadap.org.