Eagleton Boys and Girls Club recently commemorated Red Ribbon Week as a way to raise awareness about drug prevention and making good life choices.
The Red Ribbon Week is celebrated each year and this year it was observed from Oct. 23 to 31. The Substance Abuse Prevention Action Team of the Blount County Community Health Initiative sponsored the Red Ribbon event on Oct. 24, at the Eagleton Boys and Girls Club.
The youth from the Boys and Girls Club learned about the significance of the day. In 1985 a DEA undercover agent, Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was killed while fighting the war on drugs. The symbol of Camarena’s memory is the red ribbon.
Deputy Matt Thompson with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office brought K-9 Kopper who performed for the students. First Sergeant Michael W. Miller and Sergeant Doug Edmisten with the Counter Drug Division of the Tennessee National Guard brought the Drug Awareness Trailer and talked to the boys and girls about drug prevention and tobacco prevention.
To reinforce the message of “Say no to drugs,”, each youth planted a red tulip bulb as a reminder to “Plant the Promise.” Kent Samuels from Home Depot donated the approximately 125 bulbs that were planted at the Eagleton facility and the 40 bulbs planted at the Parkside facility.
Hotdogs with all the trimmings and milk were enjoyed to kick off the event. Stickers and pencils and wrist bracelets along with pamphlets and other educational materials were provided by Blount Memorial Hospital and the Blount County Health Department and the Counter Drug Division of the Tennessee National Guard.