Red Ribbon Week - October 2017
Why We Have Red Ribbon Week
The Red Ribbon Campaign was started when drug traffickers in Mexico City tortured and murdered Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, a DEA agent, in 1985 while he was fighting the battle against illegal drugs. Congress declared the last full week of October as “Red Ribbon Week.” This began the continuing tradition of wearing and displaying red ribbons as a symbol of intolerance towards the use of drugs. The mission of the Red Ribbon CampaignTM is to present a unified and visible commitment toward the creation of a DRUG-Free America.
Westminster Area C.A.A.T. has organized a community-wide Red Ribbon Week every year since 1987.
CLICK HERE to access the Red Ribbon Week 2017 Planning Guide
Red Ribbon Week 2016 - School Participation
Red Ribbon Week 2016 Helicopter Fly-Ins
Red Ribbon Week Proclamation Acceptance 2016
Westminster Area C.A.A.T. had the pleasure of accepting the Red Ribbon Week Proclamation from Westminster City Council on October 10, 2016.
Through its participation, the City of Westminster joins thousands of other municipalities in Colorado and the United States to present a unified and visible commitment to create a drug-free America.
As in the past, the City is joining the Westminster Area Community Awareness Action Team (C.A.A.T.), local schools, churches, and area businesses to take a public stand against drugs and to show a personal commitment to a drug-free lifestyle through the symbol of the Red Ribbon.
While Red Ribbon Week is observed annually from October 23 through 31, in actuality the last nine days of October, activities are growing to encompass the entire month of October. The red ribbon symbolizes intolerance towards the use of drugs: no use of illegal drugs and no illegal use of legal drugs. The theme of this year’s national campaign is, “YOLO. Be Drug Free.”
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Westminster Area C.A.A.T. Red Ribbon Chairman thanked Superintendent Pam Swanson, President Dino Valente and the board members for their continued support of Red Ribbon Week on October 11th, when we presented the Red Ribbon Proclamation to Westminster Public Schools. She reviewed the participation of the National Guard fly-in with an anti-drug message for local students. to access the full video CLICK HERE.
Red Ribbon Week 2016
To access this years Red Ribbon Planning Guide CLICK HERE!
A Look Back at Red Ribbon Week 2015
National Red Ribbon Week was celebrated the entire month of October 2015 in Westminster, Colorado. The 2015 Red Ribbon Theme was "Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free." A Westminster Area C.A.A.T. Red Ribbon Project Guide was distributed to all schools in the City of Westminster and all Adams County School District 50 schools (39 schools).
Westminster City Council did a Red Ribbon Proclamation supporting and encouraging their citizens to wear and display Red Ribbons as a symbol of intolerance toward the use of drugs and celebration of a drug free lifestyle choice. Adams 50 School’s Board of Education also did a Red Ribbon Proclamation of support for the campaign in October.
During October Red Ribbon, Westminster Area C.A.A.T. distributed 2400 themed inscribed Red Ribbons, 6300 themed pencils, 100 Red Ribbon Posters describing Red Ribbon and 22-100 yd bolts of red ribbon for school and community decorations. As a Coalition, C.A.A.T. along with help from the local fire departments (Westminster and Southwest Adams County), Westminster Police Dept. and Adams County Sheriff’s Dept. supported nine scheduled helicopter Red Ribbon fly-in school presentations from the Colorado National Guard Joint Counter Drug Task Force during October 2015.
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