The Block Island Times

Red Ribbon Week and the Block Island School

By Jill Kirby Seppa | Nov 29, 2012
The 2nd grade with the thank you cards they made for the New Shoreham Police Department officers, chief of police and dispatch workers for keeping Block Island safe.

Red Ribbon week was started by the family of Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in Calexico, California, and later formalized by President and Mrs. Reagan in 1988.

Kiki spent four years in Mexico trailing Mexican drug cartel marijuana and cocaine dealers. Just three months shy of his re-assignment he was kidnapped, tortured and murdered by drug traffickers. He left behind his wife and three children. Red Ribbon Week honors his sacrifice to the war on drugs.

This year, Block Island School Health Teacher Vicki Carson, and Shannon Morgan and Jill Seppa of the Drug and Alcohol Prevention Task Force, brought Red Ribbon Week to the Block Island School. Along with the help of the Block Island School Friends, which funded the purchase of 150 red tulips, and the Drug Task Force, which bought 150 “plant the promise — drug free America” bands for each school child, Ms. Carson was able to teach the students about Kiki Camarena. Each child planted a red tulip at designated areas on school property that will then bloom in April and May and serve as a reminder that each child has made to be drug free. Grades k-12 participated in this program.

In addition, the Second Grade made cards for our local police officers and dispatch staff as a thank you for keeping our families safe.

The Task Force strongly recommends you take some time to set family rules and expectations with your kids around drug use. Having a short conversation with your kids now can prevent difficulties later.

The Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Task Force is currently looking for new board members. Our board meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month at the Harbor Baptist Church at 4:15 p.m. If you have questions about this program or being a part of the board, please contact Jill Seppa (401) 654-9960.

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