News Release
December 18, 2006

Camarena Elementary Dedication
Closing Remarks-Elma Garza

James Agee, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, screenwriter, journalist, poet, and film critic said:

“In every child who is born, no matter what circumstances, and of no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again: and in him, too, once more, and of each of us, our terrific responsibility toward human life; toward the utmost idea of goodness, of the horror of terror, and of God.”

This morning, we have dedicated this school building in honor of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. He sacrificed himself to fulfill his responsibility toward human life. It is because of his actions and his commitment to serving the nation through his fight against illegal drug trafficking, that today children are made aware of the dangers and effects of illegal drug use. Red Ribbon Week is celebrated across the country, and thanks to this invaluable campaign, thousands of lives may have been saved; thanks to this campaign, the children who determine the future of our communities are growing up with the desire to fight crime and to promote healthy, drug-free living.

In naming our school after Enrique Camarena, we not only honor his struggles and achievements, we also hold him as a model for all La Joya I. S. D. students It is our goal to contribute to the formation of young adults who are willing and eager to accept their responsibility toward human life, to do their part in upholding the utmost idea of goodness, and to fight against the horror of terror.

Our communities are rapidly changing. Drug wars and violent crimes are increasingly making their way into our towns and neighborhoods. We cannot ignore them or hide our children from them. We must prepare them and teach them the importance of standing firm against any actions that threaten the wellbeing of our communities. Our students may not face drug lords, but they may be offered drugs. Enrique Camarena gave his life to prevent the many evils that stem from drug trafficking. Our students must understand that each of their actions has an effect that they may never see. By accepting or condoning drug use, they may be contributing to the evils of the drug world.

It is our great responsibility to teach our students that they, too, possess a great responsibility toward human life, that they must do their part in upholding the utmost idea of goodness, and to fight against the horror of terror. In welcoming Enrique “Kiki” Camarena into the La Joya I. S. D. family, we come closer to doing this.

Thank you to everyone who participated in today’s ceremony and to Mr. Camarena’s family members. It is an honor to have you in our district this morning. We hope to have expressed at least a fraction of the respect, admiration, and gratitude we hold for Mr. Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.

Thank you.