Red Ribbon week took place at Carbon High last week. A pajama day on Tuesday, encouraging students to “wake up to realty,” kicked off the festivities. The event continued throughout the week, where students enjoyed dressing up in theme oriented attire.
On Wednesday, students attended a special assembly from Carbon County Sheriff Jeff Wood, Detectives Wilkinson and Bates, Sergeant Brandon Silica and Deputy Alton.
The officers reinforced the idea, “If you see something, say something,” and how important it is to be friendly to everyone. In addition, they spoke about how important it is to stay away from drugs and other addictive substances. At the end of the assembly, the student body was encouraged to sign a poster pledging to be drug free.
Red Ribbon Week is organized by The Friends of Rachel Club at the high school.
“Kids don’t know what can happen,” expressed Friends of Rachel Club Advisor Mrs. Williams. “Everyone has had someone in their life who has been affected.”
Red ribbon week is hosted in remembrance of Enrique Camarena, a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico. In response to the murder of 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 caused by drugs in America.
Red Ribbon Week is the most wide spread prevention awareness campaign observed annually in the United States.