Board Approves Resolution Declaring Oct. 23 to 31, 2023, as Red Ribbon Week
The San Diego County Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution declaring Oct. 23 to 31, 2023, as Red Ribbon Week. Resolution 2023-27 reads:
WHEREAS the San Diego County Office of Education is dedicated to providing a healthy environment for all students and staff members to make our schools places where all are safe, supported, and valued; develop knowledge, skills, and confidence; and are engaged, challenged, and prepared; and
WHEREAS the San Diego County Board of Education, educators, and health professionals recognize the importance of education that supports the prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use to help prevent illnesses and addiction and understands the best way to prevent illnesses and addiction is to keep youth from starting to use substances; and
WHEREAS alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse affect individuals, families, and communities across San Diego County; and
WHEREAS Red Ribbon Week offers community members the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to drug-free lifestyles; and
WHEREAS the Red Ribbon Campaign was established by Congress in 1988 to encourage a drug-free lifestyle and involvement in drug prevention and reduction efforts; and
WHEREAS Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug abuse prevention awareness program, encouraging Americans to wear a red ribbon to show their support for a drug-free environment; and
WHEREAS the red ribbon has been chosen as a symbol commemorating the work of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent who was murdered in the line of duty and represents the belief that one person can make a difference.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the San Diego County Board of Education hereby declares Oct. 23-31, 2023, as Red Ribbon Week, and encourage schools and communities to participate in drug prevention education activities, not only during Red Ribbon Week, but also throughout the year, making a visible statement that we are strongly committed to a drug-free lifestyle.
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