The Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation. Each year in October, schools, churches, businesses, families and youth participate in this campaign by planting red tulip bulbs in and around their communities. Each spring, these brilliant red tulips bloom during National Alcohol Awareness Month to remind us all of the importance of leading a drug free life. We encourage everyone to take part in this unique and meaningful program.
The Red Ribbon campaign was first started in 1985 when Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena, A DEA agent, was murdered in 1985 while working to uncover the identities of key member of a Mexican drug cartel. In 1986 the Red Ribbon Celebration was created in honor of Camarena and wearing a red ribbon showed an individual’s commitment to fight illegal drug use. Today, it is estimated that over 80 million youth and adults participate in Red Ribbon Week every year.
Is Downingtown and surrounding areas up for the challenge in this first year of implementation? We sure are! Please see the flyer on our home page (under In The Community) for more information. Scan the QR code to take you to the order form and get those garden gloves out! You may also Click Here to order yours today!