The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District hosted a community kick-off for Red Ribbon Week Oct. 24 at Woodland 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 High School football captains Salvatore Garozzo, Dalton Hill, Zavian Hill and Quinton Lee presented information on the history of Red Ribbon Week, and Woodland Student Council members Katrina Hitchcock, Jack Hughes, Madalyn Stidham and Addison Zeiler led the Drug Free Pledge. The LSHS Drumline provided pre-program entertainment.
Dr. Dave Benson, R-7 interim 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.
KC Wolf of the Kansas City Chiefs was a special guest presenter and talked about the “A-B-C of Success.”
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.