JACKSON COUNTY - Along with the rest of the nation, Jackson County Schools will observe the upcoming Red Ribbon Week (October 26-30).

The Red Ribbon Campaign started when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985. This began the continuing tradition of displaying red ribbons as a symbol of intolerance towards the illegal use of drugs. The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a Drug-Free America. 

The Red Ribbon Week observance in our schools involves an intense prevention effort with activities for students at all grade levels.

Each student and staff member will receive a red silicone “Respect Yourself—Be Drug Free” bracelet.

The Jackson County Anti-Drug Coalition is sponsoring a door decorating contest with a $25 prize for the best decorated door. There is also a poster and essay contest with winners receiving a $25 prize in several different categories sponsored by local organizations.

Red Ribbon Week also seeks to emphasize that the being drug-free lifestyle needs to extend beyond the annual weekly observance for students and include the entire community population of all ages.