2017-2018 Red Ribbon Week themes are TBD (staff voting ends 8/26)
- Monday 10/26: Too Smart to Start (Report card day) college-branded attire
- Tuesday 10/27:
- Wednesday 10/28:
- Thursday 10/29:
- Friday 10/30:
2016-2017 Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week is a national celebration each October celebrating healthy, drug-free choices. Each year RBSMS has different dress-up days and videos to promote participation and healthy choices.
The Story Behind the Symbol
Enrique “Kiki” Camarena grew up in a dirt-floored house with hopes and dreams of making a difference.
Camarena worked his way through college, served in the Marines and became a police officer. When he joined the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, his mother tried to talk him out it. “I can’t not do this,” he told her. “I’m only one person, but I want to make a difference.”
The DEA sent Camarena to work undercover in Mexico investigating a major drug cartel believed to include officers in the Mexican army, police and government. On Feb. 7, 1985, when the 37-year-old Camarena left his office for lunch, five men appeared at the agent’s side and shoved him in a car. A month later, Camarena’s body was found in a shallow grave. He had been tortured to death. 1
Within weeks of his death in March of 1985, Camarena’s Congressman and high school friend launched Camarena Clubs in Camarena’s CA home. Hundreds of club members pledged to lead drug-free lives to honor the sacrifices made by Camarena and others on behalf of all Americans. These coalitions began to wear red badges of satin, red ribbons, as a symbol Camarena’s memory. The Red Ribbon Week campaign emerged from the efforts of these clubs and coalitions.
Monday 10/27: WEAR RED DAY : Red Ribbon Kickoff day
Tuesday 10/28: MIX IT UP DAY: Students wear backwards, inside-out clothes and sit in different spots with different people to become more inclusive of others.
Wednesday 10/29: BUDDY UP (Twin Day) AGAINST DRUGS” DAY: Students and staff were encouraged to dress alike… “Twin Day” to show that together we can buddy up to stay healthy and drug-free!
Thursday 10/30: TEAM UP TO BE DRUG-FREE: Students and staff were encouraged to wear a school-appropriate team attire (no hats) because our Bulldogs team up against drugs, tobacco and alcohol.
Friday 10/31: SPIRIT DAY: Students and staff were encouraged to dress in our school colors Orange and Black to show your Bulldog Strong Spirit!
Red Ribbon Week 2013 was October 28-31. Red Ribbon Week is an event held annually across the country to celebrate making healthy, drug-free choices. Celebrate Red Ribbon Week – not just for a week, but for life! Pictures from the 2013-2014 RBSMS Celebration are available here.