Academy observes Red Ribbon Week as a caution to all


Lilian Giunta and Chiara Gonzalez Portilla pose for Drug Awareness Week after raising money at the Red Ribbon Week bake sale.

Cara Millburg, Social Justice Editor

Academy students observed Red Ribbon Week this Wednesday and Thursday through activities sponsored by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD).  The story behind the red ribbon originates from the death of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officer. In honor of his memory, friends and neighbors wear red badges of satin.

“SADD’s goal is to raise awareness about illegal use of drugs, including alcohol,” said Mrs. Betsy Suskauer, moderator of SADD.

On Wednesday, October 26,  activities included a bake sale before school, during break, and during lunch. SADD members hid 20 red ribbons around the school, each one with a special message such as “Give hugs, not drugs.” On Thursday, students will wear red shirts to show their support.

Lillian Giunta added, “SADD hopes students, with their busy lives, do not overlook Ribbon Week.”

Organized in 1988, the Red Ribbon Campaign is a constant reminder to children and teens to avoid drugs of all kinds.