C-C Elementary students Briley Hughes and Kaylee Garcia are RED-Y for Red Ribbon Week. (Photo courtesy of Dorothy Popham, Bulldog Growl Photographer)
By Beverly Cockrell
CORRIGAN – "Your future is key, so stay drug free" is this year's Red Ribbon Week Theme. Each year, the last week of October is dedicated to bring attention to the nation's leading drug abuse awareness and prevention program: Red Ribbon. Schools across our nation create events and activities on their campuses and pledge to live drug-free and honor the memory of slain DEA Agent, Enrique "Kiki" Camarena. Camarena, a federal Drug Enforcement Administration officer, was kidnapped, tortured and murdered in 1985 by Mexican drug traffickers. Deeply offended, incensed parents and youth nationwide wore red ribbons in memory of Camerena and as a show of unity to fight against the drug war that was sweeping our world. This act ignited a nationwide show of commitment to raise awareness of the deadly destruction caused by drugs as well as to honor the memory of Agent Camarena. In 1988, the National Family Partnership sponsored the first official national Red Ribbon Campaign Celebration.
How and why did Red Ribbon Week Get Started? According to its website, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) offers a fact sheet shedding light on how the beginnings of this campaign.
"Special Agent Camarena was an 11-year DEA veteran assigned to the Guadalajara, Mexico, office, where he was on the trail of the country's biggest marijuana and cocaine traffickers. In 1985, he was extremely close to unlocking a multi-billion dollar drug pipeline. On February 7, 1985, he was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered by Mexican drug traffickers. His tragic death opened the eyes of many Americans to the dangers of drugs and the international scope of the drug trade.
Shortly after Kiki's death, Congressman Duncan Hunter and Kiki's high school friend Henry Lozano launched "Camarena Clubs" in Kiki's hometown of Calexico, California. Hundreds of club members pledged to lead drug-free lives to honor the sacrifice made by Kiki Camarena. These pledges were delivered to (then) First Lady Nancy Reagan at a national conference of parents combating youth drug use. Several state parent organizations then called on community groups to wear red ribbons during the last week of October as a symbol of their drug-free commitment. The first Red Ribbon Week celebrations were held in La Mirada and Norwalk, California.
In 1988, the National Family Partnership coordinated the first National Red Ribbon Week, with President and Mrs. Reagan serving as honorary chairpersons." (www.dea.gov/redribbon). A DEA press release further states in part that the citizens from Canarena's hometown "began wearing red ribbons to remember him and commemorate his sacrifice. The first official Red Ribbon Week celebration was created by the National Family Partnership (NFP) in 1988. NFP continues to coordinate the campaign for families, schools and communities across the nation each year. Red Ribbon Week gives us the opportunity to be vocal and visible in our efforts to achieve a drug-free community. Research shows that children are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs when parents and other role models are clear and consistent in their opposition to substance use and abuse." (www.dea.gov/redribbon).
What We're Doing Here at Home The primary focus of this campaign is to get the message out to our children. Locally, all C-CISD campuses commemorate Red Ribbon Week with special dress code themes for every day of this week as well as other contests and activities.
Amy Kilgore, Corrigan-Camden Elementary Counselor, shared the following special dress codes and activities planned for the elementary campus this week and next week:
Monday, Oct. 23 – We are RED-Y and CAN be Drug Free (Wear red) Tuesday, Oct.24– Rocking a Drug Free Life (Dress like a rock star) Wednesday, Oct. 25 –Don't let Drugs Drive You Crazy (Wear crazy socks, crazy hair, etc.) Thursday, Oct.26 – I'm a JEAN-IUS (wear denim) Friday, Oct 27 – Pink Out Day for Cancer Awareness Month and the Red Rally Tuesday, October 31 Students may wear Halloween Costumes (no masks) Wednesday, November 1-Leo the Lion Drug Free Pep Rally (Pre-K-2) 9:00 (3-5) 9:30
As well, the elementary campus is asking for donations of can goods or other non-perishable items now through Wednesday, November 8. These items will be donated to the Corrigan Community Resource Center for those in need during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Corrigan-Camden Junior High Assistant Principal Tina Slaten also shared what's going on at the junior high. The C-C Junior High Gifted and Talented students created the themes for this week. They are: Monday Wear Red Just Say NO to Drugs Tuesday Dress Like a Rock Star Rocking a Drug Free Life Wednesday Wear Crazy Hair, Socks ...etc Don't end up Crazy ... Sock it to Drugs Thursday Wear Jeans/Boots Jean-ius wear jeans and Boot out Drugs Friday Wear Pink Pink for the Cause
Slaten stated, "Any junior high student who dresses up each day gets a prize at the end of the week (homework pass, bathroom pass, snack bar passes...etc.). Classroom doors are decorated and will be judged on Friday. Students will be coloring ribbons to hang-up in the cafeteria, pledging that they are and will stay drug-free."
Corrigan-Camden High School is also recognizing Red Ribbon Week with a special dress code for the week. The C-CHS Student Council, along with sponsor Eliza Watts, came up with the following: Monday – Color your world drug free! Wear Red! Tuesday – Texans give drugs the boot! Wear your western wear! Wednesday – Twinsday! Friends don't let friends do drugs! Twin day! Thursday - Tacky Tourist Thursday! Wherever you go, just say no! Dress like a tourist! Friday – Bulldogs team up against drugs. Pink Out Game!
Visit GetSmartAboutDrugs.com for more information about Red Ribbon Week.
Catherine LeBlanc, Corrigan Lions Club Secretary; Susan Torrez, C-CHS Principal; Kathryn McKeehan, Silsbee Leo Club Sponsor, and Mike LeBlanc, Corrigan Lions Club President. (Photo by Beverly Cockrell)
By Beverly Cockrell
CORRIGAN – Members of the Corrigan Lions Club welcomed guest speaker Kathryn McKeehan at last week's regular meeting of the Corrigan Lions Club. McKeehan, a high school music teacher at Silsbee ISD, was invited to discuss the Leo Club, an affiliate high school program created specifically for civic-minded high school students. The Leo acronym stands for leadership, experience and opportunity.
Corrigan Lions Club President Mike LeBlanc officially opened the meeting and introduced McKeehan as well as Corrigan-Camden High School Principal, Susan Torrez.
The C-CHS administrator was invited in hopes of considering forming a Leo Club at the high school campus.
According to McKeehan, the Silsbee High School Leo Club is one of the oldest in Texas having been established in 1969. McKeehan has served as Leo Club sponsor at Silsbee for the past five years. She shared that the Leos are a service organization just as their counterparts, the Lions. Students ages 12 to 18 can become Alpha Leos. The Alpha Leos program was created with an emphasis on the social development of the tween and the teenager. Omega Leo club members, ages 19-30, focus on personal as well as professional development.
The Leos develop, organize and participate in various local service projects such as visiting nursing homes or children in hospitals or raising funds for the poor or homeless. Leos can also take an active part in one of the Texas Lions Camps each summer which includes, but is not limited to, the summer camps for Children with Physical Disabilities or Children with Cancer. There are also various opportunities in international service projects entitled Spotlight on Children. The Lions Club website states that the international focus is geared toward "Addressing childhood hunger, responding to the needs of children in refugee camps, promoting literacy and education programs, offering comfort and support to hospitalized children, and raising funds for immunization programs."
Requirements and memberships differ slightly from district to district but there is usually no or minimal application fees. For those under the age of eighteen and considering the Alpha Leo club membership, one must have parent consent.
Mrs. McKeehan also said her Leos have attended many of these summer Lions camps as well as district, state and national conventions throughout the year. With a great deal of emphasis on community service and "giving back", being a Leo is a positive on a student's academic record.
At the time of this publication, Amber Perez, C-CHS Business Information Management teacher along with Torrez will sponsor the Leo Club for Corrigan-Camden High School students this year.
So, C-CHS students and parents, if you are interested in becoming a Leo, sign up for the Leo Club. You can access www.lionsclubs.org for further information on this exciting organization. Remember, the Lions Club is always open to new members. They meet at 6:30 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month at the Corrigan Nutrition Center.
A huge thank you goes to Mike LeBlanc, Cathy LeBlanc, and the entire Corrigan Lions Club for taking an interest in our C-CISD students and inviting McKeehan to Corrigan to discuss this important program.
Brenda Whitaker (standing) speaks to a group of C-CHS students about the use and abuse of certain drugs and their impact on the community. (Photo by Kim Popham)
CORRIGAN – Brenda Whitaker of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council recently visited Corrigan-Camden High School students to discuss different drugs, which are abused in today's world. Whitaker, who is also a resident of Corrigan, expressed to the students her concern about drugs and alcohol use in our community during her presentation.
Whitaker focused on the drug called "wet" which is a street named for marijuana cigarettes dipped in embalming fluid. The embalming fluid that is used to preserve the dead is becoming an increasingly popular drug for users looking for a new and different high, one that often comes with violent and psychotic side effects.
Teens and young adults are buying tobacco or marijuana cigarettes that have been soaked in embalming fluid and then dried. They cost about twenty dollars apiece and are called by nearly a dozen names nationwide, including "wet," "fry" and "illy." "Some people around here think it's just a city problem but it's not," said Whitaker. Many users who want embalming fluid often get it with phenylcyclidine (PCP) mixed in. Embalming fluid is a compound of formaldehyde, methanol, ethanol and other solvents. Adding to the confusion is that PCP has gone by the street name "embalming fluid" since the 1970s. Some of the effects include visual and auditory hallucinations, euphoria, a feeling of invincibility, increased pain tolerance, anger, forgetfulness and paranoia. Stranger symptoms reported include an overwhelming desire to disrobe and a strong distaste for meat, according to information Whitaker presented, which was obtained from the U.S. Department of Justice literature.
Other symptoms may include coma, seizures, renal failure and stroke. The high lasts from six hours to three days. The other main drug she focused on was K-2, which is a mixture of herbal and spice plant products, but it is sprayed with a potent psychotropic drug and likely contaminated with an unknown toxic substance that is causing many adverse effects. This K2 compound was first created in the mid-1990s in the lab of organic chemist John W. Huffman of Clemson University, who studies cannabinoid receptors. He's not sure how the recipe for what is named JWH-018 (his initials) got picked up. A user can experience an intense high on the substance. It is about 10 times more active than THC the active ingredient in marijuana. The compound works on the brain in the same way as marijuana's active ingredient THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. Since K2 acts like marijuana, you'd expect to see the same effects, including sleepiness, relaxation, reduced blood pressure, and at high doses, hallucinations and delusions, but some users have reported symptoms such as increased agitation and elevated blood pressure and heart rates that don't match up with marijuana's effects.
It also is believed to affect the central nervous system, causing severe, potentially life-threatening hallucinations and in some cases, seizures.
There have been many deaths associated with K-2 use. Just a few weeks ago a student from Longview died from smoking a K-2 cigarette.
She also discussed the use of meth, alcohol, cocaine, and various other drugs. Whitaker urged the students to avoid drug use, and told the students to be aware that there is a drug problem in our community, as well as in surrounding communities.
The Corrigan Lions Club was awarded the Governor's Club Excellence Award for the 2014-15 year. The club was given this award for the outstanding contributions it has made to the community of Corrigan, and within District 2S-1.
The Corrigan Lions meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. We meet in the Corrigan Senior Center on City Office Street. We meet for a meal and fellowship, followed by a program.
The Corrigan Lions are part of Lions Club International, the world's largest service organization. Our motto is "We Serve". If you have a serving heart and willing hands to help, come join us in serving the needs of our community.
The week of rain and sunshine, blessings and more blessings, what a mighty GOD we serve; We are now at the end of the fifth month of this wonderful year 2015. Can you believe it is half gone? School is stepping out for a short while and the children nothing to do. (Say what about lets getting together with the children and go back to the days of active ball games) Let me know " like yesterday" I'm all for it.
With the week starting off with another great holiday made the week past faster than we expected but all was well. Even with the wind and rain many wonderful programs came into being.
The Shiloh Baptist District Association had a wonderful bible institute teaching and the message coming form from the police chief was wonderful. I really didn't know he was a minister, now that I know I can say he not only have been nice to me now I can say, he brings a good message from the Bible. CCISD 's and many other schools gave recognition to their graduating students with scholarship programs presentations. CCISD received a great number of scholarships and a massive number of $$$$ with some of its students receiving the full four year scholarships.
I was really impressed with the youngster that received his recognition from the United States Navy, he was the only one still I was glad to see jut that only one. Many of the students was in recognition for almost enough college hours to be graduating the AA degree in a year. However almost all of the student did have acquired college hours. What a wonderful blessing and should have proud parents and instructors in high school neighbors, friends and relatives. CISD celebrated with an outstanding Baccalaureate message and wonderful fellowship with family, friends and neighbors. The class is small but the education scholarships and college hours are large, something else to be thankful for. Bro Mark gave a message to be remembered by each student both on the graduating list and not. It takes courage to choose, accept and work toward the plans God has for your life, don't you know?
Well! Some have cried about the rain, I guess now the tears will continue with the sun and the heat. I was just thinking, If, God pleased each of us with the weather we like all the time, each one of us as well like it, (some like it hot, some like it cold, some like it not hot not cold) and we walked around every day the way we like it with each one in his/her weather, what a messed up world we would have.
How is Molly Locke I'm asked. Well! I had to ask that question myself. The answer is, she is better and getting around on her own. I do wish I could see her sometime. An Old Class Motto: You can't see without looking, but you can look without seeing, and you can do both without focusing, however focusing is the most important. You can look toward and miss, however while looking you don't always see just what you're looking at, but Focusing is Important. When you enter your prayer closet this week please remember my good friend Richard Thompson, Shirley Thompson, nursing home residents, friend and neighbors not for getting our government representatives.
Thought: When thing go wrong as they sometimes will; When the road you're trudging seems all uphill, when funds are low and debts get high, and you want to smile but you have to sigh, when care is pressing you down a bit, Rest, if you must , but don't quit. God is still in control and your faith in Him try to follow His will in your life, you'll see the difference. Don't Quit, Remember GOD loves you. and so do I. Prayer: We thank you our Father for you have been and are merciful and loving daily, moment by moment, heart beat by heart beat, and for this we are thankful, for last nights lying down and this mornings arising. We ask just a closer walk with the holding us as we walk the walk that you have assigned for us one by one. We ask a special blessing for our children as they take this new step in life for the home in high school and the colleges to different world. We realize June is the month so many have chosen for the new life called weddings. We ask your blessing there as well. Thanking you for the blessing in illness and mis-understandings of family, friends and employers. and we ask the safety of all in the precious name of your Son our savior Jesus Christ.... Amen.....