Flags Rise above the Influence!
updated: Oct 14, 2013, 11:41 AM
By Santa Barbara Downtown Organization
A total of 125 Red Ribbon Week flags will once again line the sidewalks of State Street from October 14th-October 25th. Sponsored by the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA) and the Fighting Back Coalition, the flags symbolize a unified commitment to creating a drug-free community.
The flags fly the third and fourth weeks of every October as part of Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week started in the late eighties, after Federal Drug Enforcement Officer Enriqué Camarena was killed in the line of duty. His community wore red ribbons as a symbol of remembrance. The phenomenon grew to embody a message of drug awareness and prevention. Today, Red Ribbon Week is the nation's oldest and largest drug prevention program, reaching millions of Americans during the end of October every year. By wearing red ribbons and participating in community anti-drug events, young people pledge to live drug-free lives and pay tribute to Officer Camarena. "The flags on State Street during Red Ribbon Week are a reminder to us all-youth, families, teachers, business owners, everyone in the community-that we each play a role in nurturing healthy, drug- and alcohol-free youth who can fulfill their dreams," said Ed Stonefelt, President and CEO of CADA.
Red Ribbon Week activities and celebrations will take place at all local schools throughout Santa Barbara focused on the theme "Dream above the Influence", which was selected by a local youth focus group. Activities on secondary campuses will be coordinated by Youth Service Specialists (YSS). YSS, employed by CADA, provide a continuum of alcohol- and drug-related prevention and intervention services on every junior high and high school campus in Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Carpinteria.
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