RED RIBBON WEEK 2015
About Red Ribbon Week:
"The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign. NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Celebration. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America.
Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985. When he decided to join the US Drug Enforcement Administration, his mother tried to talk him out of it. "I'm only one person", he told her, "but I want to make a difference."
On Feb. 7, 1985, the 37-year-old Camarena left his office to meet his wife for lunch. Five men appeared at the agent's side and shoved him in a car. One month later, Camarena's body was found. He had been tortured to death.
In honor of Camarena's memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. Parents, sick of the destruction of alcohol and other drugs, had begun forming coalitions. Some of these new coalitions took Camarena as their model and embraced his belief that one person can make a difference. These coalitions also adopted the symbol of Camarena's memory, the red ribbon." (from http://redribbon.org/about/)
2015 Events in Pittsburg:
• Our school theme this year is "I have the power to be drug free"
• Dress up days:
• Key Club lead activities with K-6 on Wednesday and Thursday.
ST. JUDE MATH-A-THON
K-8 students are invited to participate in the Math-a-Thon to raise funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Students wishing to participate should return the permission slip portion of their packet no later than Thursday October 8th. You may start fundraising right away! Math funbooks will be distributed on Monday October 12th. Donations will be due on Friday October 16th. Please help us have another successful year! Participating students will earn prizes and help support a great cause.
Blankets for KPTI
In September Pittsburg Key Clubbers worked with Key Clubbers from other area schools to put together 6 fleece blankets for the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute. The blankets will be sent to KPTI to provide comfort to children will traumatic injuries.
Math-a-Thon for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Materials will be sent home with students in early October. In the meantime if you are looking for more information head over to the St. Jude website www.mathathon.org to learn more.
Annual Red Ribbon Week Celebration
Red Ribbon Week is a national event celebrating healthy choices and drug free lifestyles. We typically celebrate the last week in October. Check back soon for more details!
Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF
Elementary students will be receiving UNICEF boxes just before Halloween. Any students who wish to participate may use the box to collect donations during Trick-or-Treating. Remember to only visit houses of family and friends! All donations should be returned to school the following week. This year UNICEF is once again partnering with Kiwanis International and all donations from this event will benefit the ELIMINATE project.