Many schools throughout Hesperia last week recognized Red Ribbon Week, a drug, alcohol, tobacco and violence prevention program that is observed every Oct. 23-31.


The event began in the mid-1980s after the kidnapping and murder of undercover Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena. Following his murder, the residents of his hometown Calexico put on red ribbons in his honor.


Soon after, "Camarena Clubs" were set up in California high schools. The next year, organizations in several other states joined in. In 1988, the U.S. Congress proclaimed Oct. 23-31 as National Red Ribbon Week. The event was chaired by Nancy Reagan, the wife of President Ronald Reagan.


More than 20 years later, thousands of schools and organizations participate in the event.


Students at Lime Street Elementary in Hesperia showed their support of National Red Ribbon Week by signing their names on a large paper banner that hung on a fence at the campus.