Schools throughout the county and nation will celebrate drug-free, healthy lifestyles beginning this week as part of the annual Red Ribbon Week.
Some activities schools are doing throughout the week include pep rallies, performances, speakers, backwards clothes day, crazy socks day, nerd day, tie-dye day, and twin day. Students are encouraged to wear red rubber wrist bands as part of the pledge to lead a healthy, drug-free life.
The official Nationwide Red Ribbon Week runs from Oct. 23 to 31, but many schools have events planned at different times throughout October and November. San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) employees are helping to facilitate the assemblies and presentations.
"It's really making everyone aware that if you're going to have a party, make positive and healthy choices," said Sal Garcia, Friday Night Live and Club Live coordinators for the SDCOE.
A parent-led, anti-drug nonprofit group has been organizing the Nationwide Red Ribbon Week Campaign since 1988. The first event was in response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985.