Friday, October 29, 2010

Colorado Cyberschools celebrate Red Ribbon Week 2010

Wednesday's Red Ribbon Week celebration was another fun event this year for our Colorado Cyberschools with approximately 200 students, parents, and supporters of online education participating.  We were privileged to be joined by the Colorado National Guard, a DEA agent, the helicopter pilot, and Miss Colorado Springs who all shared remarks with our group.  Then our families had the opportunity to check out the helicopter and experience the 8-acre corn maze at Botanic Gardens Chatfield where children searched for the several marmots hidden in the maze.  It was one very cold, very windy day, but a great day of shared learning across our Colorado Cyberschools, socializing, and pledging to be "Drug Free and Career Focused"

Check out the video below and the pictures in the slide show of Red Ribbon Week 2010 on the right sidebar. 

Friday, October 22, 2010

"Let Your Light Shine: Live Alcohol, Tobacco & Illegal Drug Free"

This year Colorado Cyberschool students across the state will celebrate Red Ribbon Week once again.

Our Theme: "Colorado cyberschool students pledge to be drug free and career focused"

The Colorado Coalition of Cyberschool Families


The Colorado Cyberschools Assosiation

Hosts its 2nd Annual

Red Ribbon Week

Who: All Colorado cyberschool students and families
All Colorado cyberschool teachers and admin
Drug Enforcement Administration
Colorado National Guard

When: Wednesday, October 27th
Where: Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road
Littleton, CO 80128

Red Ribbon Week…
The nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation.
Reaches millions of Americans during the last week of October every year.
Is a week to participate in community anti-drug events and to wear red ribbons.
Is when young people pledge to live a drug-free life.
Is a time to recognize and pay tribute to DEA Special Agent EnriquĂ© “Kiki” Camarena.

Special Agent Kiki Camarena:

Enrique (Kiki) S. Camarena was born on July 26, 1947 in Mexicali, Mexico. He graduated from Calexico High School in Calexico, California in 1966, and in 1968 he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. After serving in the Marine Corps for two years, he joined the Calexico Police Department as a Criminal Investigator in 1970. In May of 1973, Kiki started working as a Narcotics Investigator with the El Centro Police Department.
He stayed with the El Centro P.D. until June 28, 1974 when he joined the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). His first assignment as a Special Agent with DEA was in a familiar place - Calexico, California. In 1977, after three years in Calexico, he was reassigned to the Fresno District Office in Northern California. Four years later, Kiki received transfer orders to Mexico, where he would work out of the Guadalajara Resident Office. For four and one-half years in Mexico, Kiki remained on the trail of the country's biggest marijuana and cocaine traffickers. And in early 1985, he was extremely close to unlocking a multi-billion dollar drug pipeline. However, before he was able to expose the drug trafficking operations to the public, he was kidnapped on February 7, 1985. On that fateful day, while headed to a luncheon with his wife, Mika, Kiki was surrounded by five armed men who threw him into a car and sped away. That was the last time anyone but his kidnappers would see him alive.

It is believed that Special Agent Camarena's death actually occurred two days later, but his body was not discovered until March 5, 1985. He was 37 years old and was survived by his wife, Mika and their three children, Enrique, Daniel and Erik. During his 11 years with DEA, Kiki received two Sustained Superior Performance Awards, a Special Achievement Award and, posthumously, the Administrator’s Award of Honor, the highest award granted by DEA.

History of Red Ribbon Week:

Shortly after Kiki's death, Congressman, Duncan Hunter, and high school friend Henry Lozano launched Camarena Clubs in Kiki's hometown of Calexico, California. Hundreds of club members including Calexico High School teacher David Dhillon wore red ribbons and pledged to lead drug-free lives to honor the sacrifices made by Kiki Camarena and others on behalf of all Americans.

Red Ribbon Week eventually gained momentum throughout California and later the United States. In 1985, club members presented the "Camarena Club Proclamation" to then First Lady Nancy Reagan, bringing it national attention. Later that summer, parent groups in California, Illinois, and Virginia began promoting the wearing of Red Ribbons nationwide during late October. The campaign was then formalized in 1988 with President and Mrs. Reagan serving as honorary chairpersons. Today, the eight-day celebration is sponsored by the National Family Partnership (previously known as the Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth), and has become the annual catalyst to show intolerance for drugs in our schools, work places, and communities. Each year, during the last week in October, more than 80 million young people and adults show their commitment to a healthy, drug-free life by wearing or displaying the Red Ribbon.

The Assistant Secretary of Defense designated 23-31 October 2010 as Red Ribbon Week.

Red Ribbon Week is celebrated by an estimated 80 million people across the nation including elementary, middle school and high school students who make this pledge:

“No Use of Illegal Drugs, No Illegal Use of Legal Drugs.”

We wear a red ribbon to symbolize taking a stand against illegal drug use.

The Red Ribbon Coalition is a great resourse to get the history, basics, and online training to get your Red Ribbon Week celebration organized.