Students throughout the Oakdale Joint Unified School District are once again showing their spirit and commitment to being Drug Free as OJUSD observes Red Ribbon Week. The nationwide event began Monday, Oct. 22 and will conclude Friday, Oct. 26. All campuses, but OHS (observing Oct. 29 to Nov. 2) have planned activities for the week around the theme “Life is Your Journey, Travel Drug Free.”
The tradition of Red Ribbon Week began informally in 1985 following the death of Enrique (Kiki) Camarena, a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent. Camarena was murdered in February of that year, he was 37. His body was found one month following a kidnapping which was a result of his efforts to stop the drug trade in Guadalajara, Mexico.
It is reported that prior to becoming an agent Camarena’s mother had asked him not to pursue Drug Enforcement as a career, to which he shared, he ‘wanted to make a difference.’
An idea of “making a difference” now impacts children throughout the United States, as a week is dedicated to educating students of all ages on the affects and dangers of a drug-filled lifestyle.
Dress up days are always a hit with students and convey points while having a bit of fun.
Campuses in the district have themed days such as: Put Drugs to Bed - pajama day; Team Up Against Drugs - jersey day; Give Drugs the Boot - Rodeo day and Unite Against Drugs - Red day.