The Salem School District is participating in the National Red Ribbon Campaign the week of Oct. 24-28. This week-long celebration is intended to educate students and families on a healthy lifestyle and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.
Stand Up Salem – a local community coalition dedicated to promoting prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery toward substance misuse – is partnering with the schools and local businesses to plan a series of events for the week.
The Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation. It began in 1986 following the murder of DEA agent Enrique Camarena by drug traffickers in Mexico City and promotes the tradition of displaying Red Ribbons as a symbol of intolerance towards the use of drugs. The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign, sponsored by the National Family Partnership, is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a drug-free nation.
Events are planned at all Salem schools that promote awareness of healthy lifestyle choices and an intolerance of drug abuse. Bulletin boards, hallways, and lunch rooms will be decorated with red ribbons and other displays. Students will participate in various activities throughout the week – including discussions and themed dress-up days.