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Antidrug campaigners write their vows in red

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.