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 students will participate in this week include pep rallies, performances, speakers, and themed days. Students are encouraged to wear red rubber wrist bands as part of the pledge to stay drug-free.
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.
This year's theme – Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free – was created by Iris Yu, a middle school student from Solon, Ohio.
San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) employees are helping to facilitate assemblies and presentations.
"During Red Ribbon Week, and throughout the year, we do all we can to encourage young people to live healthy lifestyles and make positive choices," said Sal Garcia, Friday Night Live and Club Live coordinator for SDCOE.
A parent-led nonprofit group has been organizing the Nationwide Red Ribbon Week Campaign since 1988. The first event was in response to the murder of Drug Enforcement Agency Agent Enrique Camarena, who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985.