St. Patrick students participate in Red Ribbon Week

This week is Red Ribbon Week.  On Tuesday, October 27, as part of Red Ribbon Week students were allowed to wear red accessories.  SADD Club sponsored the event and passed out red bracelets and stickers to the student body.

Red Ribbon Week was founded by the National Family Partnership in 1985.  It started in response to tragedy.  Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique Camarena was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985.  By 1988, the Red Ribbon Celebration became a national campaign to bring awareness of the dangerous and destructive nature of drugs to the masses.  They have striven to keep the conversation happening among not only adults but also among the youth.  Children that regularly discuss drugs with their parents are forty-two percent less likely to use drugs than those children that do not have these discussions.

The SADD Club, Students Against Destructive Decisions, sponsored the event.  Ms. Sandra Simpson is the club sponsor.  SADD Club sponsors events throughout the school year that deliver education and prevention messages to the students of St. Patrick Catholic High School.  Earlier this school year, the SADD Club co-sponsored the visit from Brian Boyle, writer of the school wide reading assignment Iron Heart: The True Story of How I Came Back from the Dead.  SADD Club members Skye Ward, Lillian Guida, Makala Pfarrer, Chloe Rizk, Hannah Gautier, and Emilia Rosales passed out red rubber bracelets and stickers to students during first period.

Students were able to show their support for Red Ribbon Week not only with bracelets and stickers but with any red accessory.  Students were seen wearing red socks, red hats, read sweaters, red scarves, and red bows among other red accessories.  No fee was required for students to have this privilege.

Even though Red Ribbon Week ends on Saturday, October 31, the conversation on the dangers and destructive nature of drugs do not end.  The SAAD Club will continue the conversation at St. Patrick.

Story by Desirée Goodfellow