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Red Ribbon Walk & Wrap for Schools

Posted on 06/12/2019 @ 11:30 AM

The Red Ribbon Walk & Wrap is a walkathon where students and administrators wrap the school's fence or perimeter in Red Ribbon, walk together, and raise funds for the Red Ribbon Campaign. The campaign is designed to create awareness so that students are armed with the tools needed to help them grow up safe, healthy and drug free. Money raised by your school will be split evenly (50/50) with the National Family Partnership and will be used to fund prevention programs.

Red Ribbon Walk & Wrap Logo

How do we participate?

There are three requirements for schools that wish to participate in the Red Ribbon Walk & Wrap:

  1. Schools must purchase enough rolls of red ribbon to be used to wrap around the front entrance of the school. This can include a fence or building but the Red Ribbon should be visible to members of the community.
  2. Schools must organize a walk in order to get students moving for a great cause. The walk can take place at the beginning or end of the fundraising period.
  3. Schools must start an online fundraising page. 

Who can participate?

Everyone! Especially teachers, school administrators, students and parents. If you are unable to attend the walk, you can participate by making a donation.

How do we get started?

Teachers and Administrators

  1. Create a Red Ribbon Walk & Wrap event at your school. Each grade or class can compete in an effort to raise the most money.
  2. Create a new fundraising page for your team. 
  3. Purchase some rolls of red ribbon.
  4. When a donation of $5 or more is made, write the individual’s name on the ribbon and display it in a visual location at the school i.e. in the classroom, cafeteria or library. Teachers are encouraged to decorate their classrooms.
  5. Tell your friends and family about the campaign. Ask them to donate.
  6. Schedule a date when the students can walk together for drug free awareness.
Students and Parents

  1. Students should ask their teacher or school principal to start a team and schedule a walk.
  2. Parents can make a donation to their child’s team and help spread the word.

For more information, please email: Audri Amoro.

When do we get started?

Schools are free to start fundraising at any time however, the walk must take place during Red Ribbon Week. The fundraising period should close October 31.

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Looking For A Year-Round Prevention Activity?

Posted on 05/16/2019 @ 02:18 PM

LOOKING FOR A YEAR-ROUND PREVENTION ACTIVITY?

Plant the Promise is a wonderful way to celebrate Red Ribbon Week. Students plant red flower bulbs in the Fall which bloom in the Spring, and serve as a reminder of the importance and the beauty of living a drug free life. Additionally, it provides a chance to enjoy the outdoors, connect with nature, take a break from daily stress and see the rewards of something beautiful you’ve nurtured.  

 

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Announcing The 2019 Red Ribbon Theme: Send A Message. Stay Drug Free.™

Posted on 02/01/2019 @ 12:09 PM

The 2019 National Red Ribbon Week theme is: Send a Message. Stay Drug Free.™

Izabella Ware, a student from Griswold Middle School in Griswold, CT, created the winning theme for 2019 Red Ribbon Week, which takes place October 23-31. Ware's theme, "Send A Message. Stay Drug Free."  was selected among thousands of Red Ribbon theme ideas submitted by students, parents, educators and members of communities across America.

Griswold Middle School will receive national recognition and $500 in Red Ribbon Theme merchandise from Nimco, Inc.

·        The theme is a call to action to speak out in support of healthy choices. The theme is also a reminder that by staying drug free, you are sending a message to yourself and others about how much you value yourself, your overall health, your community and your future.

The annual National Red Ribbon Theme Contest, sponsored by the National Family Partnership, offers students and other prevention supporters the opportunity to be a part of history. The winning slogan will be used throughout 2019 in thousands of schools and communities across America.

As the nation’s largest and oldest drug prevention campaign, Red Ribbon Week® reaches over 80 million people each year throughout the United States.

This is the first year that a student at Griswold Middle School won the National Red Ribbon Theme contest. Izabella learned about the contest from her health teacher Kristen Butremovic, who has been celebrating the Red Ribbon Campaign for 21 years.

Want to make 2019 Red Ribbon Week the best yet? Stay tuned for the release of our 2019 Red Ribbon Planning Guide. Share your Red Ribbon plans/events here. Check out our curriculum ideas here. And stay tuned for details about our 2019 National Red Ribbon Photo Contest.

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Announcing The Winners Of The 2018 National Red Ribbon Photo Contest

Posted on 12/03/2018 @ 12:03 PM

Drum roll please! Today, the National Family Partnership (NFP) announced 20 winners of its 8th Annual National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest.

Families and schools across the country decorated either their homes or school campuses with this year’s Red Ribbon theme: “Life is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free.” A total of $20,000 will be awarded to K-12 schools, which includes 10 winners who received the most votes in their region and 10 winners who were selected for Judges Awards. The families and individuals who entered on behalf of the schools will also receive an ipad.

“With our nation’s current opioid epidemic, drug prevention is more important than ever,” says NFP President Peggy Sapp. “We designed the contest to involve families, schools, and communities in delivering drug prevention messages to children in a fun and uniting way. We are inspired by the winners and their wonderful stories about spreading the Red Ribbon message in their homes, schools and communities.”

To qualify for the National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest, families and schools were invited to decorate the front of their homes and campuses with a double-looped red ribbon and the words of this year’s Red Ribbon theme: Life is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free, followed by submitting a photo of their decoration to redribbon.org. The Contest, which is co-sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, was held in conjunction with the 33rd Annual National Red Ribbon Week. Entries for the contest were accepted until November 1 via any desktop or mobile device.

“Congratulations to the winners of the National Red Ribbon Photo Contest,” said DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon. “Thank you for engaging your families, schools and communities in the important conversation about drug education, prevention and living a drug free life. The DEA is pleased to support the continued work in your schools to prevent drug abuse and misuse in your community.”

The drug epidemic in the United States is a current and pressing matter, which can only be halted through education and awareness. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 74,000 Americans died of drug overdose last year. Through campaigns like Red Ribbon Week, the country can work together to educate the youth of America and create a safer future for our children.

The contest was part of NFP's National Red Ribbon Week® celebration – the nation's oldest and largest drug prevention campaign, which began in 1985 after the murder of DEA Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena. The inaugural National Red Ribbon Week was organized by NFP in 1988.

Congratulations To Our Winners

Most Votes - Home Entry

  • Region 1 - Schultz Family - Cambridge Springs Jr./Sr. High School, Cambridge Springs, PA
  • Region 2 - Moore Family - Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Region 3 - Martin Family - Dora RIII School, Dora, MO
  • Region 4 - Pringle Family - South Rock Creek School, Shawnee, OK
  • Region 5 – Beas Family - Jimenez Elementary, Santamaria, CA

Most Votes - School Entry

  • Region 1 – Kelly Fox - Braintree High School, Braintree, MA
  • Region 2 – Paola Stauffer - Orlando Science School, Orlando, FL
  • Region 3 – Bev Davison - Dora RIII School, Dora, MO
  • Region 4 – Erica Guevara - Brownsville Early College High School – Brownsville, TX
  • Region 5 – Deborah Chatham – Naples Elementary, Vernal, UT

Judges Awards - Home Entry

  • Most creative - Clark Family – Sigourney Elementary, IA
  • Best use of family and community - Fergus Family - St. Eugene School, Chicago, Il
  • Best use of the theme - Greene Family - International Studies Elementary Charter School, Albany, GA
  • Most educational - Faulkner Family - Rancho Buena Vista High School, Vista, CA
  • Most ambitious – Rohda Family - East Butler School, Brainard, NE

Judges Awards - School Entry

  • Most creative – Melek Ateley - Florence L. Walther Elementary School, Lumberton, NJ
  • Best use of the theme – Ariel Brown - Hueytown Elementary School, Hueytown, AL
  • Best use of school and community – Deborah Chatham -– Naples Elementary, Vernal, UT
  • Most parent participation – Charity Saddler – Alta Brown Elementary School – Garden City, KS
  • Most educational – Vang Yang - Meyler Street Elementary, Torrance, CA

Close to 30,000 votes were cast in support of more than 350 contest entries. See all 2018 winning photo entries at http://redribbon.org/contest/winners.

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2018 Red Ribbon Social Media Tools

Posted on 10/22/2018 @ 03:34 PM

Virtual Red Ribbon Campaign Tools

Share your support for Red Ribbon Week with your friends and followers! Together, we can send a clear message across America. All you have to do to participate is tweet or post on Facebook with any or all of the suggested language below to spread the word about Red Ribbon Week: See the examples below, copy the language you want to use on your blog or social networking site and start spreading the message! We also encourage you to take a photo of your favorite drug-free activities and post on Instagram with #redribbonweek and #lifeisyourjourneytraveldrugfree.

Sample Facebook Posts

  • Life Is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free. – Celebrate Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31).
  • It’s Red Ribbon Week and I am taking a stand against drugs. Join me. Take the pledge: www.redribbon.org/pledge
  • Today, I’m honoring Kiki Camarena, a DEA agent who died while fighting substance abuse. Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week 2018. Take the pledge: www.redribbon.org/pledge
  • Today, I'm joining teens, parents, teachers, and other citizens across America in celebrating Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31), the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation.
  • Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week. Our children have the right to grow up drug free – and we have the responsibility to make that happen. Take the pledge: www.redribbon.org/pledge
  • I’m entering the Red Ribbon Photo Contest to win an iPad and $1,000 for my school. You can enter too at www.redribbon.org/contest
  • I’m a teacher who believes in a drug free future for my students. Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31)
  • I’m a parent who believes in a drug free future for my children. Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31).

Sample Tweets

  • Life Is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free. Celebrate #RedRibbonWeek (October 23-31). #lifeisyourjourneytraveldrugfree
  • It’s Red Ribbon Week and I am taking a stand against drugs. Join me. Take the pledge: www.redribbon.org/pledge. #RedRibbonWeek #lifeisyourjourneytraveldrugfree
  • Today, I’m honoring Kiki Camarena, a DEA agent who died while fighting substance abuse. Join me. Take the pledge: www.redribbon.org/pledge . #RedRibbonWeek
  • Today, I'm joining teens, parents, teachers, and other citizens across America in celebrating Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31), the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation. #RedRibbonWeek
  • Join me in celebrating #RedRibbonWeek. Our children have the right to grow up drug free – and we have the responsibility to make that happen. #lifeisyourjourneytraveldrugfree
  • Take the pledge: www.redribbon.org/pledge. #RedRibbonWeek #lifeisyourjourneytraveldrugfree
  • I’m entering the Red Ribbon Photo Contest to win an iPad and $1,000 for my school. You can enter too at www.redribbon.org/contest. #RedRibbonWeek
  • I’m a teacher who believes in a drug free future for my students. Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31). #redribbonweek #lifeisyourjourneytraveldrugfree
  • I’m a parent who believes in a drug free future for my children. Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31). #redribbonweek #lifeisyourjourneytraveldrugfree

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