Students and staff in the Lakeland School District's secondary schools took part last week in the annual Red Ribbon Day activities from Oct. 26 to 30. A wide range of activities took place at both schools and included pledging to stay alcohol and drug free, decorating doors in classrooms and tying symbolic red ribbons around trees and throughout the school.

Shaun Derik, a well-known inspirational speaker, talked to students at two assemblies (Lakeland High School and Copper Beech Middle School) on Oct. 26. Each day had a different activity at the schools. The efforts were spearheaded by the SADD clubs and the schools’ substance abuse counselors.

Red Ribbon Week began after drug traffickers in Mexico City kidnapped, tortured, and murdered DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985. This began the continuing tradition of displaying red ribbons as a symbol of intolerance towards the use of drugs. The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a drug-free America.

This article was provided by the Lakeland Central School District.