Kilgore ISD will spread a message of drug prevention the week of October 26-30, with their annual “Red Ribbon Week” festivities.

Red Ribbon Week is a national drug-prevention effort created by National Family Partnership, formerly the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth. According to the Red Ribbon Week website, it was established as a grassroots, nonprofit organization in 1980 by a handful of concerned and determined parents who were convinced they should begin to play a leadership role in drug prevention.

Students at different campuses will take part in various activities, including dressing up to match different themes, at KISD campuses to mark the weeklong event and to show school spirit.

KISD school board trustees approved the week of celebrations and drug awareness education for the week of Oct. 26-30.

“All of your different campuses are doing some different activities throughout that week. As part of guys are signing a proclamation to support those activities and a resolution showing your support for this. You’re showing your support for all your campuses and all your students and all your staff members for this national Red Ribbon campaign,” said Superintendent Dr. Andy Baker at a Sept. 28 board meeting, where the proclamation was approved unanimously.

At Kilgore High School, each day brings a different attire, or set of criteria.

Monday, October 26 will be Color Your World Drug Free; colors vs. monochrome day. The idea is for students to dress in their favorite bright colors, or in black, white or gray.

Tuesday, October 27 is Team up Against Drugs day; they should wear attire to support their favorite team.

We Mustache You Not To Do Drugs is Wednesday, October 28; students are to draw on their choice of “mustache” or “beard,” or wear their own… hmmm.

Thursday, October 29 is Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself day. That’s checkered clothing versus plaid clothing.

And Friday, October 30 wraps it up, with We are All Over Drugs day – students are to wear red or white (Kilgore’s colors), with spirit overalls.

Kilgore Intermediate will have I’m Too Bright to Do Drugs day on Oct. 26, to wear neon clothing. Tuesday, Oct. 27, they’ll wear crazy socks for Doing Drugs is Crazy day. Drugs Aren’t In My Future day, for future career or college clothing. Thursday, Oct. 29 is Check Yourself Drug Free day, for the checkered and plaid battle, as at KHS. And Friday, Oct. 30 is Say Boo to Drugs, a costume day.

Kilgore Primary and Chandler Elementary are doing this criteria: On Monday, Oct. 26, it’s Follow Your Dreams and Put Drugs to Sleep day, otherwise known as wear pajamas. Tuesday, Oct. 27 is Give Drugs the Boot day – western wear for the students. Wednesday, Oct. 28 is Be a hero, not a Zero day, and students can wear superhero outfits. Thursday, Oct. 29 is Our Future is Too Bright for Drugs day, where they were future career clothing or a college shirt. And Friday, Oct. 30 at Primary is costume day, otherwise known as Say Boo To Drugs.

Since its founding 30 years ago, NFP has devoted its efforts to the well-being of youth. Today, NFP is a national leader in drug prevention education and advocacy.

NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Campaign. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world.

In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America.

In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.


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