by Irene Cooper
Red Ribbon Event was on Saturday October 29 , 2011 at the GS Office in Nogales. We had 98 girls attended the Red Ribbon event from Daisies thru Cadettes. Red Ribbon Week commemorates the ultimate sacrifice made by DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who died at the hands of drug traffickers in Mexico while fighting the battle against illegal drugs to keep our country and children safe. Observed annually from October 23 to October 31st, Red Ribbon Week is a national celebration promoting youth education on the dangers of substance abuse.
Drug prevention education session; Three Drug Enforcement Agents (DEA) talked about current drug trends and pointed out the harmful effects of different drugs on lives, families, brains, bodies, and futures.
Tobacco prevention session; Prevention Manager from Mariposa Community Health Center, Inc. talked about how tobacco (smoking) can seriously harm them. The immediate bad breath, respiratory problems, irritated eyes and throat, and increased heartbeat and blood pressure. To help them develop the confidence and skills they need to avoid risky behaviors, such as tobacco.
Activity Session; Girls made small wood signs drawing or using No Smoking or Living Drug Free images.
Activity Session; Whitney Henderson, New York Life Insurance, made ID safety cards which is a great way for parents to carry a child’s personal and updated information with them at all times, just in case. We hope they never have to use them but they will feel more secure knowing they have their children’s information on hand if needed.
Each scout took the “Drug Free” pledge and will receive a certification of participate along with a DEA’s patch.