CATS observes Red Ribbon Week

HOPE – A tradition in public schools across the nation established to honor a fallen law enforcement officer continues in the Hope Public Schools this week.

Red Ribbon Week was created to commemorate the life and bravery of fallen Drug Enforcement Agency Special Agent Enrique Camarena who was murdered by drug cartel operatives in 1985. The Red Ribbon worn and celebrated across the nation serves as a focal point for drug prevention education in local schools in the annual campaign directed by the National Family Partnership.

“Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Drug Free.” is the theme for the 2020 Red Ribbon Week observance, with students in the Hope Public Schools recognizing the idea in different ways on each of the district’s campuses.

Creative Action Team School teachers have decorated classroom doors and have special morning announcements from each teacher. Students will hear a guest speaker and will be given Red Ribbon Week cups and bracelets on Thursday.

Red Ribbon week is observed nationally Oct. 26-31 but Hope Public Schools students were not on campus Friday, which was a “virtual day” on the school calendar.