The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District hosted a community kick-off for Red Ribbon Week Oct. 28 at Hazel Grove Elementary School. Red Ribbon Week is a national recognition to promote healthy lifestyles, including avoiding illegal use of alcohol and drugs.
The ceremony included a presentation on the history of Red Ribbon Week from Lee’s Summit North High School Bronco Smart members, a performance by the Hazel Grove Elementary Honor Choir and the reciting of the Drug Free Pledge.
Special guest at the kick-off was Mac of the Missouri Mavericks who presented "Put Drugs in the Penalty Box." Dr. David McGehee, R-7 superintendent, welcomed the group. Other speakers were Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads, who presented a city proclamation, and Patti Buie, R-7 Board of Education member, who gave the closing.
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.