All schools to gather at Lincoln Monday morning to kick off anti-drug activities

Taft City Schools next week will shine a light on drug abuse with its annual Red Ribbon Week campaign.
The weeklong event – which will kick off Monday when students from all six Taft City School District campuses gather at Lincoln Junior High – will include daily dress-up promotions, drawings for prizes, frank discussions about drugs, and the sobering "Life Interrupted" project.
"Every school will be present at Lincoln on the athletic field at 8:45 for Red Ribbon Week kickoff," said Chandra Fickle, who is coordinating plans for the activities.
The Kern County Fire Dept. ladder truck and its large American Flag will help launch the day's event with a flag salute.
Officer Moises Martinez of the Taft City Police Dept. will talk to the students about the reason Red Ribbon Week was created.
The event began after the 1985 kidnapping, torture and murder of Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, whose undercover work exposed a multimillion-dollar narcotics manufacturing operation in Chihuahua, Mexico.
Martinez will discuss the case and how it exposed the seedy underworld of drug trafficking.
The Lincoln cheer squad will perform and during lunch a Kindness Chain from the Rachel's Challenge program will be held.
The program is based on Rachel Scott's two-page "Code of Ethics" she penned a month before she and other students were gunned down at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999.
Rachel's Challenge preaches kindness and compassion to combat anger, hatred and bullying in schools.
"On Wednesday members of a "correctional team" from Taft Correctional Institution will talk to kids about the perils of drugs," Fickle said. "They will talk to every P.E. class."
On Friday the "A Life Interrupted" display will be available all day on the blacktop area outside the Lincoln gymnasium.
The multi-media presentation includes actual, and sometimes graphic collision scene photos, as well as original 911 recordings. Background information on the collision and the victims was obtained which personalizes each incident. Each presentation features one or more parents of a victim killed in a collision to relate the personal impact on the parent and the family.
A mobile DUI crash trailer that vividly displays the devastating outcome of a car crash accompanies most presentations.
Fickle said the dress-up days are:
Monday – Crazy hat and socks
Tuesday – Neon and sunglasses
Wednesday – Desired career or profession
Thursday – Hero (Superhero or role model)
Friday – Red spirit