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posted: 10/24/2012 2:48 PM

Hersey joins in Red Ribbon anti-drug program this week

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Hersey High School in Arlington Heights is inviting the community to take a visible stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon Week, which ends today.

Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and the problems related to drugs, offering an opportunity to encourage parents, educators, business owners, and other community organizations to promote healthy, drug-free lifestyles.

In 1985, drug traffickers killed Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique S. "Kiki" Camarena. Shortly after Camarena's death, citizens from his hometown of Calexico, Calif., began wearing red ribbons to remember him and commemorate his sacrifice. Congress established Red Ribbon Week in 1988.

Schools, businesses, families and youth across America plant bulbs that will grow in the spring into red tulips during Red Ribbon Week as a symbol of hope and a way to involve both children and parents.

"Research shows that children are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs when parents and other role models are clear and consistent in their opposition to substance use and abuse," said Hersey staff member Jeff Bondora.