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Red Ribbon Week for drug awareness is Oct. 25 through 29

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Drug Awareness Week activities

Red Ribbon Week is this week, Oct. 25 through Oct. 29. What are some anti-drug activities you can do with your children at home?

Drug Awareness Week activities

If you're a child of the 80's -- or are a parent of one -- chances are you're familiar with Red Ribbon Week.

It's still around -- and it's this week, Oct. 25 through Oct. 29.

History of Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week was founded in 1985 in honor of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena who was brutally murdered while on assignment in Mexico.

After his murder, people in his hometown of Calexico, Calif. donned red ribbons in remembrance. The red ribbons soon became a national symbol of the fight against drugs after the United States Congress signed a petition backed by First Lady Nancy Reagan to designate the last week in October as Red Ribbon Week.

Red Ribbon Week Ideas

Red Ribbon Week is still going strong in U.S. schools -- many teachers hand out red ribbons for students to wear all week. Many schools also organize special drug-free activities and programming to help drive home the week's anti-drug message.

Parents can help reinforce the idea behind Red Ribbon Week at home with these drug-free activity ideas:

  • Place red ribbons around trees or other places at home and discuss what the ribbons mean.
  • Write drug-free pledges. Have your children craft their own pledges to remain drug-free, and you do the same. Afterward, share your pledges and discuss what it takes to remain drug-free throughout life.
  • Design Red Ribbon Week t-shirts for your children to wear to school throughout the week.

What other kid-appropriate Red Ribbon Week activities can you think of?

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