The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District hosted a community kick-off for Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23 at Trailridge Elementary School. Red Ribbon Week is a national recognition to promote healthy lifestyles, including avoiding illegal use of alcohol and drugs.
At the event, Lee’s Summit Police Officer Chris Colon presented information on the history of Red Ribbon Week, and Trailridge Student Council members led the Drug Free Pledge. The Lee’s Summit West High School Drumline provided pre-program entertainment, and the LSWHS Junior Air Force ROTC Unit presented the colors.
Dr. Dennis L. Carpenter, R-7 superintendent, welcomed the group and closed the kick-off. Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads presented a city proclamation. A number of community leaders and school district officials also attended the event.
Keynote presentation was “I Am Noticed” by Amy Johnson and Jaime Lyon of the Noticed Network.
The annual event is sponsored locally by the R-7 School District and Lee’s Summit CARES. Throughout Red Ribbon Week, all schools participate in activities designed to emphasize drug-free and alcohol-free lifestyles.
Red Ribbon Week began following the 1985 murder of Kiki Camarena, a law-enforcement officer killed by drug dealers in Mexico. Red Ribbon Week was established in Officer Camarena’s memory after his friends began wearing red ribbons to show support for the fight against drugs.