Red Ribbon Week Proclamation Signing - U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys - Oct. 7, 2021
Camp Humphreys, Republic of Korea – In preparation for the Humphreys Garrison Red Ribbon Week (RRW) observance, which will be held Oct. 23 to 31, Col. Seth C. Graves, garrison commander, hosted a proclamation signing, Oct. 7, in the command conference room.

The USAG Humphreys Schools and Army Substance Abuse Program will host various Red Ribbon Week awareness activities in post schools, aimed at preventing alcohol and drug abuse. This is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program.

“Red Ribbon Week is a campaign that affects everyone in our communities, homes, workplace, churches and schools,” said Dorothy Meadows, the ASAP prevention coordinator. “If we can reach our youth at an early age about the dangers of drugs, change can be effective it can help decrease destructive, unhealthy habits and teach effective ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Red Ribbon is about promoting positive behavior and increasing our awareness about substance abuse in a fun educational way.

Red Ribbon Week was started after the death of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who in 1985 was brutally tortured and murdered by drug traffickers he was investigating in Mexico. As a tribute to Camarena, high school friend Henry Lozano and Congressman Duncan Hunter, created “Camarena Clubs” and the wearing of a red ribbon to show their oppositions to drugs.

In 1988, the National Family Partnership coordinated the first National Red Ribbon Week with then President and Mrs. Reagan serving as honorary chairpersons. Since then, the Red Ribbon campaign has taken on national significance, and NFP continues to coordinate the campaign for families, schools and communities around the world. Wearing red ribbons during the month of October continues to represent the pledge to live drug free and honors the sacrifice of all who have lost their lives in the fight against drugs.

The following are scheduled Humphreys Red Ribbon Week activities:
Oct. 18: Poetry at Humphreys High School
Oct. 19: 45 seconds Myth Busting video winner announcement
Oct. 21: Parents Workshop “What Would You Do?” Addressing Substance Abuse in Children and Youth. Humphreys Middle School (Limit 20 people), Bldg. 530, Room 124, at 8:30 a.m.
Oct. 25: Drunk Goggles Alcohol Awareness Activity at Humphreys Middle School (All Schools Wear Red Day)
Oct. 26: Drunk Goggles Alcohol Awareness Activity at Humphreys High School (All Schools Super Hero Day)
Oct. 27: Humphreys Middle School

As part of the proclamation ceremony, Willard Clites, a senior at Humphreys High School, read the Student’s Pledge: “I pledge to stay in school and learn the things that I need to know. I pledge to make the world a better place for kids like me to grow. I pledge to keep my dream alive and be all that I can be. I pledge to help others and to keep myself drug free.”
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