Red Ribbon week began in honor of a member of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration that was kidnapped and killed while investigating a major drug cartel in Mexico. After this tragedy, friends and neighbors of the victim, Enrique Camarena, began wearing red ribbons in an effort to take a stand against illegal drugs. The first National Red Ribbon Week Campaign took place in 1988. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of children throughout our country. This year Red Ribbon Week was recognized Oct. 24-28 at Lafayette Elementary School.

Red Ribbon Week was celebrated school-wide. Teachers, staff, and students were given red bracelets saying, "Be Real - Stay Drug Free." Several drawings were held and students won water bottles, calculators, t-shirts, frisbees, sunglasses and footballs promoting being drug free. A special thank you to the Youth Advocacy Partnership Drug-Free Coalition of Suwannee County for providing the prizes.

At the conclusion of Red Ribbon Week, the student's posters were judged. A special thank you to Mary Beth Hamlin from Lafayette State Bank for her willingness to judge the posters. The winning poster out of each grade was awarded a $50 savings bond sponsored by Lafayette State Bank. The students were recognized on the LES Morning News.

Submitted by Hillary Byrd, School Nurse and Debbie Singletary, Guidance Counselor

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