To help raise drug abuse awareness throughout the Luta community, Eskuelan San Francisco de Borja celebrated this year’s annual drug awareness week with a roadside waving and a mass pledge to remain drug-free.
Led by the school’s Student Council officers, students from grades 4th to 8th stood by the Leadership Park roadside, where they all waved to cars passing by and took a public pledge to remain drug-free in honor of Red Ribbon Week.
The activity highlighted ESFDB’ observance of the national weeklong celebration of Red Ribbon Week, which honors DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was killed by drug bosses in Mexico in 1985.
The occasion kicked off on Oct. 23 and ended on Oct. 31. The 2013 Red Ribbon Week Theme is “A Healthy Me Is Drug Free.”
“I am proud of our STUCO officers for taking the lead in promoting the Red Ribbon campaign. Drug awareness is something we need to be as knowledgeable about as possible in order to help out our kids,” said ESFDB principal Carmen H. Atalig.
“Red Ribbon Week specifically targets adolescents to increase awareness of the negative impact of drug use on their academic performance, behavior, relationships and safety,” said STUCO president Angelica Lucero.
“Our mission…is to present a unified and visible commitment toward the creation of a drug-free Luta community and the whole CNMI,” said STUCO vice president Loreville Clitar.
“When teenagers sniff glue, solvents, or other products for a high, the practice can end in tragedy. We encourage our students, parents, and Luta community to become more informed about the dangers of drug abuse,” said STUCO secretary Tyra Reese Calvo.
According to Edward Maratita Jr., Pacific Regional Training Institute director and school board president, “When a drug problem occurs in the school it is not just the school’s problem, it’s the community’s. Education and intervention is the key to prevent alcohol and drug abuse.”
Red Ribbon Week is sponsored, in part, by the Pacific Regional Training Institute—Child, Youth, and School Services, which is made up of community representatives and U.S. Armed Forces personnel working together to reduce/eliminate youth substance abuse and gang activity, and to ensure a safe and healthy community through the facilitation of an effective and strategic integration of resources, the building of strong relationships, the fostering of open communication, and continuous education.
The administration, faculty and staff, and the board of directors would like to express their appreciation to Pacific Regional Training Institute, Honolulu Federal Credit Union, and Paul and Kendra Tanaka. (ESFDB)