celebrates 20th Anniversary of Red Ribbon Week
Empire State Building illuminated as part
of the nationwide festivities
Karen P. Tandy leads local school children in reciting the
Drug Free Pledge.
26 -- (Washington, D.C.) Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator
Karen P. Tandy hosted 200 DC-area schoolchildren, today, at the DEA
Headquarters Red Ribbon Week Event.
Local schools represented at the rally were Ferebee-Hope Elementary School
(Washington D.C.), Meade Middle School (Fort Meade, MD), Daniels Run Elementary
School (Fairfax, VA), and Centerville Elementary School (Centerville, VA).
Nationally, approximately 80 million people participate in Red Ribbon events
from October 23-31. The National Red Ribbon Campaign, which is the nation’s
largest drug prevention effort, began after drug traffickers in Mexico tortured
and brutally murdered Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in
Karen P. Tandy (center) and Deputy Administrator Michele M.
Leonhart (left) pose for a photo with 2005 Red Ribbon essay
and poster contest winners.
we see children proudly pledge never to use drugs-we see them embrace
Kiki’s spirit and his belief that one person can make a powerful
difference in our battle against drugs,” Tandy told the audience.
20th Anniversary Headquarters event was emceed by local Channel 8 sports
personality Glenn Harris and featured performances by the Jumping Buddies
Jumping Team ( an anti-drug jump rope performance team with 800 members
from Virginia schools), and the “DARE” Dancers (drawn from
Drug Abuse Resistance Education students).
In addition, two children from Lake St. George Elementary School
(Palm Harbor, FL) presented Administrator Tandy with thousands
of signed red ribbons. Since
Special Agent Camerena’s murder, American kids have taken up the banner
Kiki inspired—the Red Ribbons they proudly wear every October. Because
of Kiki, millions of children in big cities and small towns have taken a stand
against drugs: pledging that “drugs are not—and never will be—part
of their lives.”
On Tuesday, the Empire State Building (see photo) was illuminated
in red to mark the 20th anniversary of Red Ribbon Week.