On Monday morning, October 23rd, Rio Grande City Mayor Joel Villarreal helped kick-off this year's Red Ribbon Week with the reading of the program's official proclamation via a video produced by the Rio Grande City GISD and circulated on social media.
"During Red Ribbon Week, community members of all ages are urged to show their commitment to a drug free life." stated Mayor Joel Villarreal. "At the City of Rio Grande City, we encourage everyone to don red ribbons in support of this important campaign."
Red Ribbon Week is an annual drug prevention campaign observed in the United States from October 23 through 31. The campaign began in 1985 as a tribute to fallen DEA special agent Enrique Camarena, who was killed in the line of duty by drug traffickers he was investigating in Mexico. The campaign is the largest drug-abuse prevention campaign in the United States and aims to raise awareness about the dangers of drug abuse and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.
During Red Ribbon Week, schools and communities across the country participate in a variety of activities aimed at promoting drug-free living. These activities include hosting special speakers, throwing contests, decorating school campuses, and more.