Paint the town red to keep kids drug-free

Tulare County’s celebrates 10th Annual Red Ribbon with free event on Oct. 30 in Visalia

@TheSunGazette

VISALIA – You don’t have to be in law enforcement to take a stand against underage drinking and illegal drugs. All you have to do is send a message to your kids to stay drug free. And you can do that by taking them to the 10th annual Red Ribbon Week Celebration next week.

Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency and Tulare County Office of Education will host its annual event from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Visalia Convention Center. Students and their families are invited to attend the free event, which features live entertainment, information booths, games, family- and student-oriented activities, and more.

Red Ribbon Week promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle and is a collaboration of community partners including the County of Tulare, the Tulare County Office of Education, Tulare County Prevention Coalition, Family Health Care Network, Visalia Unified School District, and others. Last week, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors presented a proclamation for Red Ribbon Week on Oct. 15 at Ivanhoe Elementary School.

The free event for students and parents commemorates Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique S. “Kiki” Camarena. He served in the military, became a police officer, and  then an undercover agent with the DEA before he was murdered in Mexico investigating drug cartels. Camarena declared, “I am only one person, but I want to make a difference.”

For more information call 559-651-0155.

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