Media Advisory: October 18, 2010
, DoDEA Educational Communications Officer: 703-588-3260
, DoDEA, Public Affairs Officer: 703-588-3272

ARLINGTON, VA —  Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools around the world will join military installations and schools throughout the United States in participating in Red Ribbon Week October 23-31, 2010.
Sponsored by the National Family Partnership, Red Ribbon Week provides schools and families a perfect opportunity to discuss the dangers of drug abuse and the benefits of a healthy and drug-free lifestyle. The Red Ribbon Campaign is now the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people each year.
This year’s theme is “I Am Drug Free.” Red Ribbon Week is a national observance in memory of Enrique (Kiki) Camarena, a DEA agent and former Marine, who gave his life fighting the battle against illegal drugs. Red Ribbon Week has become a major force for raising awareness and mobilizing communities to combat alcohol, drug and tobacco abuse. The Department of Defense has officially participated in this event since 1990, with the aim to reduce drug abuse among its members and their families.
Today, participants still wear red ribbons during Red Ribbon Week to remember Camarena, but the ribbons are also worn as a reminder to children, families and communities to take a stand against drug use through the use of prevention education, and by pledging to live a drug-free life in order to ultimately create a healthier, safer and drug-free America.
For more information about Red Ribbon Week please visit the National Family Partnership’s website at: http://cmnfp.pictco.org/default.asp?PageNum=582 or visit the Red Ribbon Coalition’s website: http://www.redribboncoalition.com/index.php/history.
For more information about Red Ribbon Week activities at DoDEA schools, contact the principal of the school in your area.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through Grade 12 educational programs for Department of Defense (DoD) dependents who would otherwise not have access to a rigorous, high-quality, public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, and the United States as well as on military installations in Cuba, Guam and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to local education activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.