Red Ribbon Week
Since 1985, Red Ribbon Week has been helping children pledge against the use of drugs.
As the nation’s largest and oldest campaign against drugs, Red Ribbon Week reaches over 80 million people each year.
Red Ribbon Week started after the death of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena who was tortured and killed by drug traffickers while he was investigating in Mexico.
On Wednesday, Biloxi Mayor ‘FoFo’ Gilich made a stop at Popp’s Ferry Elementary to make a city proclamation to help these kids stay away from drugs. Gilich joined third and fourth grade students in signing a pledge banner committing to staying drug free and not giving into peer pressure. “They don’t realize what it can do to you. I think this education and exposure is really the best thing that could happen for these kids because it’s about the future and these kids are the future,” said Mayor Gilich.
All throughout the school you’ll see red ribbons shown proudly because faculty and staff feel that it is so important to show these kids the dangers that come with drug use. Third grade teacher Jillian Cramp said, “It’s important because if they are able to do it now and stand up to say ‘yes I’m going to be drug free’ now they’ll be able to look back at it when they’re in junior high and high school because they get peer pressured now unfortunately. So if they are able to do something like this now, they will be able to say no later.”
Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign so many schools across the Coast are participating, including those at North Gulfport Middle School where students dressed for success in clothes that show what they want to be when they grow up.
Red Ribbon Week has laid down the path to show them success is not a road filled with drug use. Seventh grader Jerica Jackson said, “I want to be an OB-GYN doctor and if I want to be that I cannot do drugs. So, if I don’t do drugs I can succeed at this if I try hard.”