San Diego Superior Court Judge Enrique S. Camarena Jr. spoke to a packed room during Fontana’s Red Ribbon Breakfast recently.
Camarena was 11 years old when members of a narco-trafficking cartel tortured and murdered his father, DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, in 1985. The loss of his father impacted the United States and brought to light the implications of illegal drug use.
Children and community leaders throughout the U.S. have commemorated the week of Oct. 23-31 in Camarena's honor.
During the breakfast, Fontana High School senior Umberto Galileo Polanco, known as "Gali," was honored for winning the FUSD Red Ribbon Week Essay contest. Polanco is involved in many activities at Fohi, including ASB, Key Club, CSF, Peerleading, Sideline and Competition Cheer, and Winter Guard.
In addition, Summit High School TV Production student Anthony Arciga won the FUSD Red Ribbon Week PSA competition. Arciga was recognized for his outstanding public service announcement.
----- DURING RED RIBBON WEEK, students and parents have taken pledges to stay drug free.
I pledge to stay in school and learn the things that I need to know.
I pledge to make the world a better place for kids like me to grow.
I pledge to keep my dreams alive and be all that I can be.
I pledge to help others and to keep myself drug free.
We will talk to our children about the dangers of drug abuse.
We will set clear rules for our children about not using drugs.
We will set a good example for our children by not using illegal drugs or misusing prescription drugs.
We will monitor our children's behavior and enforce appropriate consequences so that our rules are respected.
We will encourage family and friends to follow the same guidelines to keep their children safe from drug abuse.
I pledge to set guidelines to help children grow up safe, healthy, and drug free.