Ways to mark Red Ribbon Week
Last week and this week Pinellas schools have been celebrating Red Ribbon Week, a national antidrug and education campaign honoring DEA Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, who died in 1985 while working undercover in the investigation of a major drug cartel. His family and friends wore red satin badges in his memory. Here's a sampling of how some school are observing Red Ribbon Week:
Meadowlawn Middle School, St. Petersburg
Monday: Students wear favorite sports team jersey.
Wednesday: Students wear red bracelets.
Bay Point Elementary, St. Petersburg
Activities: A Red Ribbon banner will hang in car circle; students wear red ribbons; antidrug morning news announcements.
Cross Bayou Elementary, Pinellas Park
Monday: Students wear "I Pledge to be Drug Free" bracelets.
Thursday: Too Bright for Drugs Day, students wear sunglasses.
Friday: "Hugs not Drugs" Day, students bring favorite stuffed animal to hug during the day.
Mildred Helms Elementary, Largo
Monday: Students wear red ribbons.
Tuesday: Team Up Against Drugs, students wear favorite sports shirt.
Wednesday: Join Fight Against Drugs, students wear camouflage clothes.
Thursday: Sock It to Drugs, students wear crazy socks.
Safety Harbor Elementary
Monday: Students wear "To Smart To Start" sticker or Say "Boo" to Drugs tattoo.
Wednesday: Drugs Turn you Inside Out, students wear clothes inside out. Thursday: Put a Cap On Drugs, students wear a hat and red clothes.
Sunset Hills Elementary, Tarpon Springs
Monday: Students wear red. Tuesday: Peace Out to Drugs, students wear peace sign clothes. Wednesday: Real Heroes are Drug Free, students wear red, white, blue. Friday: Drugs and I Don't Mix, students wear mismatched clothes.
Sutherland Elementary, Palm Harbor
Monday: Turn your Back on Drugs, students wear shirts backward. Wednesday: Students wear red day.
Friday: Say ''Boo" to drugs, students wear orange/black clothing.
Tarpon Springs Fundamental Elementary
Monday: Tarpon Springs Mayor Beverley Billiris kicks off the week; students wear red ribbons, and sign pledges.
Tuesday: Drugs Turn You Inside Out, students wear shirts inside out.
Woodlawn Elementary, St. Petersburg
Activities: Students take pledge to remain drug free; essay contest and celebration with treats and certificates.
Bay Point Middle, St. Petersburg
Thursday: Hawaiian-LEI off drugs day, students go Hawaiian.
Other activities: door-decoration contest, students make wreath using hand prints and pledges.
Oak Grove Middle, Clearwater
Activities: students wearing tie-dyed/red shirts, poster contest, door-decorating contest, pledge signing and a "secret prize patrol" circulating all week catching students wearing red ribbons and winning prizes.
Palm Harbor Middle
Tuesday: Sidewalk Chalk event, students create antidrug messages in chalk on sidewalk squares.
Other activities: themed dress-up days, student sign drug-free life pledges.