Danville Express

Living - November 2, 2007

Of note

The red ribbons that suddenly appeared around every tree and pole in the San Ramon Valley were placed there by members of 28 Girl Scout troops and Cub Scout dens, service clubs, high school leadership classes and Community Against Substance Abuse (CASA).

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District joined with thousands of communities throughout the United States from Oct. 23-31 in a unified movement of youths and adults to promote healthy alcohol- and drug-free lives. The red ribbons hanging everywhere empower people to take action in their neighborhoods and schools and develop an attitude of intolerance to substance abuse.

The week was inspired by Drug Enforcement Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena who was kidnapped and murdered by drug traffickers while working undercover in Mexico. Friends began to wear Red Badges of satin and in 1988 Congress officially proclaimed the last week of October as Red Ribbon Week.

Sarah Foreman and Christina Chace from Montair Elementary School, and Dominic Williams of Charlotte Wood Middle School sort soccer jerseys, shorts and balls for shipping to underprivileged kids in a village in Zambezi, Africa, which is in the Northwest Province near Angola.

The Danville Rotary Club collected the used uniforms from players in the Mustang Soccer League in September and distributed over 200 jerseys and soccer balls in Africa this month through Rotary International, a world-wide service club with 1.2 million members in 168 countries.


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