Staying safe, healthy and drug-free is the goal of the 11th annual
Burbank Red Ribbon Week.
The weeklong event, cele- brated with different activities at all
district schools, will kick off with the annual youth and family
bicycle ride at 8 a.m. Saturday at Johnny Carson Park.
“It seems to grow every year,” said Marissa Rosoff, coordinator of
school safety at Burbank Unified School District. “I’m thinking the
word is out in the community that this is a fun way to spend the
The event engages children in a healthy activity within the
community, reinforces a positive relationship with police, and keeps
them away from drug and alcohol use, Rosoff said. The 1.5-mile ride
with the Burbank Police Department bike detail will follow a route on
closed-off streets around the park.
Every child who participates in the bicycle ride will receive a
T-shirt, courtesy of the Noon Rotary Club, Rosoff said.
The day’s activities also include entertainment by local youth,
activities and booths of local youth services providers, face
painting, balloons, food, and appearances by the police department’s
K-9 unit. Safe Moves, a bicycle and pedestrian- safety program
sponsored by the Automobile Club, will be at the park to teach safety
tips to children, Rosoff said.
Throughout the week, schools will participate in Red Ribbon Week
with various classroom projects and events.
At McKinley Elementary School, students will put their handprints
on posters to express this year’s theme, “Hands Off Drugs,” volunteer
coordinator Kathy Petzoldt said. Inside the handprint, they will
write what they want to be when they grow up, she said.
“They will be encouraged to live their dreams and not let drugs
get in the way,” Petzoldt said.
National Red Ribbon Week was established 19 years ago to honor the
memory of Enrique Camarena, a U.S. drug enforce- ment agent who was
killed by drug traffickers in Mexico.