Students rockin' Red Ribbon Week

Students rockin' Red Ribbon Week

"Today we gave a lesson at the Early Childhood Center and we just talked about how the school counselor wants to keep you safe", she said.

Congress established the Red Ribbon Campaign in 1988 to encourage a drug-free lifestyle and involvement in drug prevention and education efforts.

Rapid City Area School students and staff kicked off Red Ribbon Week with their annual ribbon tying event at Dinosaur Park Tuesday afternoon.

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Using the word "champion" often, Farley told the gymnasium full of students of all grades that champions will make mistakes along the way but it is their persistence and positive attitude that shines. The essence of Red Ribbon Week stems from the kidnapping, torture and murder of DEA agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena in 1985.

Friday, students wear Halloween costumes for "Say "Boo" to drugs!" They later walked to the outside of the school's gate where YOLO letters were attached to the fencing, and served as a pinning board of sorts for the students' ribbons.

Monday's outfit theme was "drugs are despicable", and students dressed up as minions, characters from the movie "Despicable Me".

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As for Lindsey, she says she is hopeful the red ribbon week will continue to have a lasting impact on students.

"They are great examples, not only for leadership in a school setting but also we strive to do community as well, and they are great examples for these kids to look up to, to aspire to be like them", Aguilar said.

"It's fun, we get to go tweak dress code a little bit, so it's fun to do", Phillips said.

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