Red Ribbon Week & Beaumont Police Museum

This week, Oct 22-30th, is Red Ribbon Week. What is RRW, you ask?

Simply put, Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country.
Red Ribbon Week serves as a vehicle for communication between parents and children, families and communities in an effort provide education about the dangers of drugs to children. The goal of Reed Ribbon Week is to connect families and communities by encouraging a stand drug abuse, and to encourage a personal commitment to live drug free lives.

Perhaps more importantly, Red Ribbon Week commemorates the ultimate sacrifice made by DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who died at the hands of drug traffickers in Mexico while fighting the battle against illegal drugs to keep our country and children safe. Read more about SA Camarera’s story here.

How can homeschoolers participate? In many schools, Red Ribbon Week is a flurry of awareness activities. Each day of the week is often themed, from silly things like wearing your father’s neck-tie to school, or wearing mis-matched socks, to raising awareness through outreach activities like handing our red ribbons in your community. As a homeschooling family, you can plan something like that for your children to participate in.

The main idea is to get your children talking. Talk about drugs, talk about how they affect a person’s health and relationships. Talk about what to do or say if they’re ever approached or see a friend using drugs. Don’t be afraid of this topic! If you’re not sure what to say, check out these links: Kids Health.org – Talking to your kids_about_drugs and  Time to Talk.org/.

If you’re interested in planning some RRW activities for/with your children, try:

Additional links; videos and other resources for drug prevention education:
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What kinds of plans are you making to celebrate Red Ribbon Week?

Field Trip Update:

This week, we also visited the Beaumont Police Department’s Police History Museum in downtown Beaumont.
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Officer Doug Kibodeaux met us in the lobby of the Police Station and talked about what police officers do, and how they work. He reminded the kids that though they do ‘catch bad guys’, they also find missing people and sometimes even risk their lives. We began our tour with a reminder that some officers have done exactly that by reading and remembering the five most recent officers who have died in the line of duty. Our hearts go out to the families of these fine men and women.
Officer Kibodeaux took us downstairs where his office is and where the museum is, in what used to the the jail. The elevator opens up with small locking boxes, like post office boxes, for officers to lock their guns up before entering the jail since no guns were allowed inside. There are heavy glass and steel doors that

 led into the museum, and pictures and display cases all along the walls.
The pictures tell the story of the Beaumont Police Force from the early 1900’s on down to today. The pictures showed the captains and various pictures of the buildings that the police department were housed in over the years, as well as the progression and growth of the city as time went by. It was really neat to see how much things have changed since the beginning.
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From there, we moved on to the different uniform displays over the years, varying with the taste of the Chief at the time. Then we saw some of the equipment – polygraph machines, audio machines to record phone calls and conversations and radios from days gone by.
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As always, the weapons case was a huge attention-getter. There was one display for firearms and one for knives and clubs (including not one but TWO spiked maces!). The kids got to put on a Kevlar vest and SWAT team helmet; they were surprised at how heavy it was.  They also got Officer Kibodeaux to weigh one of the kids’ shoe wheels on the drug scale. He was a very good sport!
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One of the most interesting parts of the tour was the old jail. This was the women’s ward; the men’s ward was in another area and much bigger, we were told. The kids all mentioned how small and dark and cramped the cells were. They also were alarmed at the total lack of privacy. All the more reason to stay out of jail, right?!

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The last stop on the tour was the line-up room. The kids all got to take a number and line up on the wall for a group shot:
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Many thanks to Officer Doug Kibodeaux for his patience and enthusiasm with the kids this morning!
If you missed us this week, we have field trips each Tuesday. Contact Heather for more info or to join Triangle Homeschoolers.
Have a great week!
TH
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