The Red Ribbon Campaign was started when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985. This began the continuing tradition of displaying red ribbons as a symbol of intolerance toward the use of drugs.
Today, millions of young people and adults across the United States celebrate Red Ribbon Week the last week of October, helping to preserve Special Agent Camarena’s memory and to further the cause for which he gave his life. Resolution No. 21/22-5 declares the board’s support for Red Ribbon Week, October 25-29, 2021.
The resolution is as follows:
WHEREAS, RED RIBBON WEEK raises awareness of the destruction caused by drugs in America, the major drug challenges our communities face, and the damaging effects drugs have on our youth; and
WHEREAS, RED RIBBON WEEK celebrates the choice for a drug-free lifestyle and is a catalyst to focus attention on taking action; and
WHEREAS, RED RIBBON WEEK delivers a message of hope to millions of people every year and serves as a way to educate youth and encourages participation in drug prevention activities; and
WHEREAS, parents, youth, government, law enforcement, business, schools, faith-based and community organizations, and the general public will demonstrate their commitment to healthy, drug-free lifestyles by wearing and displaying Red Ribbons during this week-long campaign;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Trustees of the Cypress School District does hereby support the Red Ribbon Campaign and the proclamation of October 25-29, 2021, as Red Ribbon Week in the district, and encourages its students, families, and staff to participate in drug awareness activities, making a visible statement that we are strongly committed to living a healthy, drug-free life.
Adopted this 9th day of September 2021 by the Board of Trustees of the Cypress School District of Orange County, California.