Each year the Green Valley Elks Lodge #2592 supports Red Ribbon Week in five of our local schools, Continental, Sopori, Sahuarita Primary, Sahuarita Intermediate and Sahuarita Middle. There are approximately 3300 students in these schools. Each day during Red Ribbon Week the students are given a token gift with the theme of Red Ribbon Week – i.e., pencils, book marks, stickers, pencil pouches, rulers.
On October 24, 2011 twenty-five Elks distributed a Red Ribbon to each of the 3300 students. This year’s theme is “Up to ME to be Drug Free”. Red Ribbon Week began as a remembrance of DEA Agent Enrique (Kiki) Camarena. After serving in the US Marines, he became a police officer and eventually became part of the Drug Enforcement Agency. Seven years later he was assigned to the field office in Guadalajara, Mexico. He worked in this office for over 4 years and was close to exposing a major drug trafficking operation. On February 7, 1985 he was kidnapped. That was the last time he was seen alive. He was 37 years old.