The Newport School District participated in Red Ribbon Week from Monday, October 23rd through October 27th. Both campuses involved students in activities to reinforce the importance of being drug free. According to the Red Ribbon Week Website, children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who do not, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.  
    Red Ribbon Week is sponsored by the National Family Partnership. Since its founding thirty years ago, NFP has devoted its efforts to the well-being of youth. Today, NFP is a national leader in drug prevention education and advocacy. NFP strives to support and continue to build groups at the grassroots level, serving as a resource and a national voice.
    NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Campaign. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America. Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985. When he decided to join the US Drug Enforcement Administration, his mother tried to talk him out of it. "I'm only one person", he told her, "but I want to make a difference."
    The Newport Elementary School encouraged the students to participate in activities all week. Monday, the students wore as much RED as possible. Tuesday, was wear BRIGHT clothes, Wednesday was wear BOOTS, Thursday was wear CRAZY SOCKS and Friday was wear TEAM jersey. Thank you to Newport Schools for encouraging students to remain drug free!