Been seeing a lot of red this week?
If so, you're not alone. And there is a good reason.
Many in and around schools throughout Pasco County and across the nation have been taking part in Red Ribbon Week in an effort to further a special cause.
In these circles, the story of Red Ribbon Week is well-known. Founded by the National Family Partnership in 1988, the campaign honors the memory of Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, a drug enforcement agent who was tortured and murdered while working undercover investigating a drug cartel in Mexico.
To honor Camarena, friends and neighbors donned red satin badges, organized groups to make anti-drug pledges and fostered the message that one person can make a difference.
Last week, youngsters and adults alike joined in a variety of activities that had them wearing red, decorating doors and windows, and making anti-drug posters.
And just like the students at Chester Taylor Elementary School, many students signed pledges to remain drug- and tobacco-free.