Students, staff, and community members were treated to a morning of information sharing, entertainment and social awareness by way of a collaboration between the students of Watson Boys Academy and students from Williams Annex. The annual Red Ribbon Week Assembly held on the campus of Dr. Bernard C. Watson Boys Academy featured pertinent information from speakers representing the Indiana State Police Department, The Gary Fire Department, The Gary Police Department, the Lake County Sherriff’s Department, and the Lake County Emergency Response Teams.
Red Ribbon Week is one of the oldest and largest drug prevention programs in the nation and it is celebrated and recognized in public schools all around the country. In addition, Red Ribbon Week began as a way to commemorate the sacrifice that Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique Camarena made over 25 years ago. Agent Cameramen lost his life in the line of duty in an effort to prevent illegal drugs from entering the United States. Congressmen Duncan Hunter and Henry Lozano created an avenue to educate the public about the dangers of drugs and urged the public to live drug-free lives on behalf of the sacrifice made by DEA Agent Enrique Camarena. Henceforth, Red Ribbon Week grew out of this scenario and has grown to become a nationally recognized program celebrated all across the nation’s public school systems.