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Tulare County celebrates drug-free lifestyles

Tulare County celebrates drug-free lifestyles

The Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency and Tulare County Office of Education are taking a stand against alcohol and drug use during Red Ribbon Week by hosting the 4th annual Red Ribbon Week Celebration on Oct. 26 from 12-4 p.m. at the International Agri-Center, 4500 S. Laspina St., in Tulare.

Students and their families are invited to attend the free event featuring urban graffiti artist Eric Gonzales along with other local performers, games, hands-on activities, and snacks.

“Families are encouraged to visit the Red Ribbon Event with their student,” said County Superintendent of Schools Jim Vidak. “We hope visitors will come away from the event with the courage and resources to stay drug- and alcohol-free.”

Community businesses, residents, educators, and organizations are encouraged to take up the theme “A Healthy Me Is Drug-Free” and promote drug-free lifestyles while collaborating on vocal and visible efforts toward achieving a drug-free community.

Red Ribbon Week was established by the United States Congress to commemorate Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique S. “Kiki” Camarena. After serving in the military, Camarena became a police officer aspiring to work for the DEA. Amid protests from family, Camarena declared, “I am only one person, but I want to make a difference.” Camarena was hired on with the DEA as an undercover agent in Mexico investigating drug cartels. On February 7, 1985, Officer Camarena was abducted and subsequently killed by drug traffickers.

Camarena’s friends and family members wore badges of red cloth to honor him, and anti-drug coalitions began to form and take Camarena’s story as motivation that one person can make a difference. Red Ribbon Week is now a nationally recognized week-long event taking place October 23 through 31 to promote and celebrate a sober and healthy lifestyle. Please join us to celebrate Red Ribbon Week this October and to support sober youth initiatives. Visit www.redribbon.org for more information and to take the Red Ribbon pledge to help children grow up safe, healthy and drug-free.

The Tulare County Red Ribbon Week Committee is a collaboration of community partners including the County of Tulare and Tulare County Office of Education.

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