BEHS celebrate Red Ribbon Week, starting today

Bristol Eastern High School invites the community to take a visible stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon Week from Oct. 23-31.


Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs facing our community, and encourages parents, educators, business owners, and other community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles.


This year’s celebration will kick off on October 28 with signing of student pledges throughout all lunch waves at Bristol Eastern High School. Activities scheduled throughout the week include presentations to students by Detective Brasche of the Bristol Police Department and a follow-up presentation for parents on November 7, 2013 by the Substance Abuse Action Council (SAAC).

“Red Ribbon Week encourages our entire community to adopt healthy, drug-free lifestyles,” said Terry Perreault, School Counselor, Intern in a press release from BEHS. “The campaign brings together parents, schools, and businesses as we look for innovative ways to keep kids and communities drug free.  The focus is to provide education on the dangers of drugs so this way a student can make an informed choice if and when confronted with drugs,” said Barbara Kaminski, teacher at Bristol Eastern, in the same press release.

The red ribbon symbolizes a continuing commitment to reducing the demand for illicit drugs in our communities. In 1985, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique S. “Kiki” Camarena was killed by drug traffickers. Shortly after Camarena’s death, citizens from his hometown of Calexico, California, began wearing red ribbons to remember him and commemorate his sacrifice. Congress established Red Ribbon Week in 1988.

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