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This Red Ribbon Week, Win $1,000 For Your School and an iPad For Your Family

By Amy Goldstein on 09/08/2014 @ 03:34 PM

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Nearly nine percent of United States youths ages 12 to 17 use illicit drugs, according to the National Survey of Drug Use Health’s Summary of National Findings. The same study showed that substance use by adolescents could be prevented through early interventions, including parental involvement. In fact, 96 percent of youths who perceived strong parental disapproval for trying marijuana once or twice remained drug free.

In an effort to prevent drug use and educate youth, the National Family Partnership (NFP) invites families and schools across America to participate in its Annual Red Ribbon Photo Contest, in conjunction with the 29th Annual Red Ribbon Week.

“Students will once again take the Red Ribbon Campaign prevention message into their homes, neighborhoods and schools with this contest,” said NFP President Peggy Sapp. “It’s a fun and creative way for parents to educate their children about the dangers of drug use while they decorate their homes using this year’s theme, ‘Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.’”

Ten families across America will be selected to win the grand prize: an iPad and $1,000 donation to a K-12 school of their choosing. There will also be one prize awarded for a school decoration. Watch the precious reaction of one of last year’s young winners. Here’s how to enter:

Here's how to enter:

  • Students and families decorate their home’s front door, mailbox or fence with a double-looped red ribbon and the theme, “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.” Schools may decorate any part of their campus.
  • Take a photo with your decoration and upload it to RedRibbon.org/contest from Oct. 1 – Nov. 4. You must be 18 years or older to upload the photo and can do so from any desktop or mobile device.
  • Ask family and friends to vote for your entry beginning Nov. 5.
  • Eleven winners will be announced Dec. 5.

Click here for the contest rules.

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Enter The Red Ribbon Photo Contest Today!

By Amy Goldstein on 09/08/2014 @ 03:34 PM

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The Red Ribbon Photo Contest is here! Starting today through November 4th, you may enter the contest HERE.

Here's how to enter:

  • Students and families decorate their home’s front door, mailbox or fence with a double-looped red ribbon and the theme, “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.” Schools may decorate any part of their campus.
  • Take a photo with your decoration and upload it to RedRibbon.org/contest from Oct. 1 – Nov. 4. You must be 18 years or older to upload the photo and can do so from any desktop or mobile device.
  • Ask family and friends to vote for your entry beginning Nov. 5.
  • Eleven winners will be announced Dec. 5.

Click here for the contest rules.

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2014 Red Ribbon Social Media Tools

By Amy Goldstein on 09/08/2014 @ 03:34 PM

Virtual Red Ribbon Campaign Tools

Participating in Red Ribbon Week just got even easier! We encourage you to participate to help us spread the 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!

Sample Facebook Posts

  • Love Yourself. Be 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 2014. 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 iPad2 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

  • Love Yourself. Be Drug Free. Celebrate #RedRibbonWeek (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. #RedRibbonWeek
  • 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 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. #RedRibbonWeek
  • I’m entering the Red Ribbon Photo Contest to win an iPad2 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
  • 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

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NFP Partners With Natural High During 2014 Red Ribbon Week

By Amy Goldstein on 09/05/2014 @ 11:04 AM

The National Family Partnership is delighted to be partnering with Natural High for the first-time ever for Red Ribbon Week!

Natural High is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that exists to inspire young people to pursue their passions and living a life they love, so they have a reason to say no to drugs and alcohol. Natural High's mission is perfectly aligned with this year's National Red Ribbon Theme: Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.

We love the Natural High videos and have recommended them to many educators and parents in the past. We want our children to see positive role models proudly endorsing a health, drug free lifestyle. Natural High reaches millions of youth in classrooms across the country with their free drug prevention video series. Sign up here to get on their mailing list and access their videos and curriculum.

Check out a sneak peak of the 2014 Natural High celebrity video series featuring their drug prevention ambassadors: Corbin Bleu, Tim Howard, Echosmith, Rob Machado and Switchfoot!

Watching Natural High videos is one of the many things you can do to make your Red Ribbon Week as impactful as possible. For more ideas, check out our Activities pages here.

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Red Ribbon Week 2014 Launches 4th Annual Photo Contest: "Love Yourself. Be Drug Free"

By Amy Goldstein on 08/26/2014 @ 11:04 AM

Students (K-12) Can Win $1,000 for Their Schools and an iPad 2 for themselves

The National Family Partnership (NFP) announced the new contest for the 2014 Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31: “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.”  The nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention campaign reaches more than 80 million people nationwide.  “As schools across America celebrate Red Ribbon Week this year, students will take the message home,” said Peggy Sapp, NFP’s volunteer president.  “By entering the contest and decorating their homes together, families carry the message to their communities.”

Students (K-12) bring the Red Ribbon message home and together, as a family, decorate their home front door, mailbox or fence with this year's theme and a red ribbon (double looped, like a bow). Parents (18 or older) can upload photos to www.redribbon.org/contest starting October 1st. Then friends and family can vote for their entry, November 5-19. The entries with most votes will win. Learn more about the contest here.

Check Out This Video About The Contest

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Download The 2014 Red Ribbon Planning Guide

Posted on 07/24/2014 @ 01:00 PM

Want Great Red Ribbon Week Ideas?

The Red Ribbon Planning Guide is just what you need to get started. Click here to download it or below to view it.

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Introducing The 2014 Red Ribbon Theme

Posted on 02/11/2014 @ 12:09 PM

Introducing...The 2014 Red Ribbon Theme: Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.™

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Congratulations to Alexa Dougherty, a 7th grader at S.S. Steward Institute in New York, for creating the 2014 Red Ribbon Theme: “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.”

“I came up with the theme, ‘Love Yourself. Be Drug Free,’ because drugs are such a harmful thing for your body,” said Alexa. “If you are choosing not to take them, you obviously love yourself because you aren’t harming yourself. “

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Alexa’s Language Arts teacher, Lynn McGovern, learned about the National Family Partnership’s 2014 Red Ribbon Theme Contest from the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Orange County and decided to make the contest part of her lesson plan.

“I wanted the kids to participate in the contest because I want to expose them to prevention education,” said McGovern. “Red Ribbon Week is a great opportunity to expose students to the importance of being drug free.”

“Alexa is very creative, she loves school and she loves doing the right thing,” said Theresa Dougherty, Alexa’s mother. “Drug prevention is important to me as a parent because I want Alexa to have the best life possible. I’m so proud of her.”

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Left to Right: James Conklin, Executive Director of The Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council of Orange County, Lynn McGovern, Teacher at SS Seward and Red Ribbon liaison, Theresa Dougherty, Mother of Alexa, Alexa Dougherty, and Susan Moore, Assistant Principal of SS Seward.

Alexa Dougherty won $500 in Red Ribbon theme merchandise from the National Family Partnership for her school, S.S. Steward Institute in Florida, New York, for Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31, 2014. In addition to her prize, she is bringing national recognition to her school and community. Members of the school, Alexa's family and the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council of Orange County are beaming with pride.

"The Orange County Red Ribbon Committee was started by two individuals in 1990 and started out very small," said James Conklin, Executive Director of The Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council of Orange County. "I am absolutely thrilled and proud that it has grown into such a well-known campaign in our county and that one of our own residents has been nationally recognized for her anti-drug slogan. The Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council offers its sincere congratulations to Alexa and is confident that she will serve as a role model to her peers and the Orange County community at large.”

The Red Ribbon Theme Contest is held each Fall. The winning slogan and design are used throughout the following year at thousands of schools and communities across America. In its 29th year as the nation's largest and oldest drug prevention campaign, Red Ribbon Week® reaches 80 million people each year throughout the United States.

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Red Ribbon Week Success Story

By Amy Goldstein on 12/02/2013 @ 09:58 PM

Red Ribbon Week just ended and it was a huge success. How do we know it was a success, other than seeing the millions of people participating from all over the country? Stories like these...

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Morgan McNally, a Candidate for M.Ed in Counseling at the College of William & Mary in Virginia, sent us a note which demonstrated her enthusiasm and appreciation for the National Family Partnership's efforts in sponsoring and organizing Red Ribbon Week across the country. McNally is doing her internship at the Queens Lake Middle School in York County. This is the first year that Queens Lake Middle has participated in the Red Ribbon Week Campaign and she wrote to share her success story. She told us about the many fun and creative activities she organized at the school. She went on to talk about the demonstrative effectiveness of the campaign. Here's what she had to say:

"Alcohol and drugs are a really hard topic to bring up in schools and often administration and parents do not want to address the issue at all. I cannot express enough how instrumental campaigns such as Red Ribbon Week can be in the lives of students. Since RRW we have had students coming into the counseling office to talk about drug related issues in their lives and express how they didn’t realize something like spice could be as dangerous as more “hard core” drugs. These conversations are ones that need to be happening year round but this was a really great start. We plan to have our students sign the pledge every year and to infuse more activity to raise awareness into our Red Ribbon Week."

Stories like these are perfect examples of the potential of Red Ribbon Week to make a real difference at the home, school and community level.

When he joined the DEA, Kiki Camarena said, "I am only one person, but I want to make a difference." Individuals like Morgan, and those of you reading this message, carry on Kiki's legacy with your passion for helping our children live safe, healthy and drug free lives. Thank you for your dedication.

Do you have a Red Ribbon Week success story that demonstrates the effectiveness of our combined efforts? Send it to redribbon@nfp.org and we'll highlight it.

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Red Ribbon Social Media Tools

By Simone Brown Knight on 08/09/2013 @ 03:34 PM

Virtual Red Ribbon Campaign Tools

Participating in Red Ribbon Week just got even easier! We encourage you to participate to help us spread the 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!

Sample Facebook Posts

  • A Healthy Me Is Drug Free – and that’s why I am celebrating 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 2011. 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 iPad2 and $1,000 for my school. You can enter too at www.redribbon.org/enter
  • 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

  • A Healthy Me Is Drug Free – and that’s why I am celebrating #RedRibbonWeek (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. #RedRibbonWeek
  • 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 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. #RedRibbonWeek
  • I’m entering the Red Ribbon Photo Contest to win an iPad2 and $1,000 for my school. You can enter too at www.redribbon.org/enter. #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
  • 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

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Ideas For How To Celebrate Red Ribbon Week

By Amy Goldstein on 08/09/2013 @ 03:34 PM

How Are You Celebrating Red Ribbon Week?

Red Ribbon Week is just around the corner. How are you celebrating it? Check out our activities pages for suggestions! Whether you are a parent, educator, student, law enforcement officer, faith based leader, government representative, media leader or a member of the medical community, we have something for you!

Check out these suggestions for making this Red Ribbon Week the best yet!

We Want To Hear From You!

Share your Red Ribbon Ideas by commenting below and we will add our favorites to the lists!

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Download The 2013 Red Ribbon Planning Guide

Posted on 07/15/2013 @ 01:00 PM

Want To Plan A Fabulous Red Ribbon Week?

The Red Ribbon Planning Guide is just what you need to get started. Click here to download it or below to view it.

NFP_RedRibbonGuide2013_Final.pdf

Post updated August 9, 2013:  Thank you to everyone who has commented. We appreciate your interest in getting involved in Red Ribbon Week. We have emailed each of you, but here are some recommended resources for you:

+ Download the planning Guide (above).

+ Promote the Red Ribbon Photo Contest

+ Promote the National Red Ribbon Theme Contest

+ Get suggested RR activities

+ Share your event on our calendar

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2013 National Red Ribbon Week Theme

Posted on 02/12/2013 @ 12:00 PM

Introducing...The 2013 Red Ribbon Theme: A Healthy Me Is Drug Free®

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Congratulations to Aly Falck, a 7th grader in Solon, Ohio, for creating the 2013 Red Ribbon Theme.

Aly's digital arts teacher, Cheryl Holsapfel, learned about the National Family Partnership’s 2013 Red Ribbon Theme Contest from her school principal, Genie Green, at Solon Middle School and thought it would be a great opportunity for a “teachable moment” to talk to her students about drugs. Cheryl turned the contest into an assignment for all of her students. She saw it as an opportunity to teach real world skills, while infusing the drug prevention message.

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"What I liked best about Aly's theme is the fact that it is promoting good overall health," says David Falck, Aly's father. "You can't do drugs and in any way consider yourself healthy. We try to instill in our children the understanding that alcohol and drugs are absolutely off limits."

Check Out The 2013 Red Ribbon Planning Guide

NFP_RedRibbonGuide2013_Final.pdf

Aly Falck won $500 in Red Ribbon theme merchandise for her school, Solon Middle School, for Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31st. It's all courtesy of National Family Partnership, sponsors of the Red Ribbon Campaign® and Nimco, Inc., the official source of Red Ribbon materials.

The Red Ribbon Theme Contest is held each Fall. The winning slogan and design are used throughout the following year at thousands of schools and communities across America. In its 28th year as the nation's largest and oldest drug prevention campaign, Red Ribbon Week® reaches 80 million people each year throughout the United States.

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Photographed: Solon Middle School Principal Genie Green with Red Ribbon Theme Contest Winner Aly Falck

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NFP Honors Achievement In Drug Prevention At National Red Ribbon Awards Dinner

By Amy Goldstein on 02/10/2013 @ 12:33 PM

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The National Family Partnership®(NFP) recently hosted their 2nd annual National Red Ribbon Awards Dinner, co-sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). NFP celebrated the success of the 2012 Red Ribbon Campaign® (October 23-31st) and honored individuals and groups who made a difference in creating a drug free America. The event took place on Feb. 6, 2013 at The Army/Navy Club.

During the awards ceremony, NFP recognized the 10 winners of the 2012 National Red Ribbon Photo Contest and presented Jeb and Columba Bush with the Enrique “Kiki” Camarena National Red Ribbon Leadership Award. Both the South Dakota National Guard and the Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention, Inc. received the “National Power of Partners Award” for their collaborative efforts in promoting drug awareness.

“The Red Ribbon Campaign® is a fun, powerful and effective way to deliver focused, branded, healthy, anti-drug messages to the public,” says NFP President Peggy Sapp, who also serves as President & CEO of Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership. “The winners of the National Red Ribbon Awards honor DEA Agent Kiki Camarena’s legacy by helping to create a drug free America through the promotion, support and growth of the National Red Ribbon Campaign."

NFP also announced the theme for the 2013 National Red Ribbon Campaign®: “A Healthy Me Is Drug Free™,” created by Aly Falck, a middle school student from Solon, Ohio.

Featured speakers included Peggy Sapp, president of the NFP; R. Gil Kerlikowske, director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP); Michelle Leonhart, administrator of the DEA; and Charles Curie, former administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Other notables in attendance included David Mineta, deputy director of Demand Reduction, ONDCP; Dr. Westley Clark, director, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment;Dr. Nora Volkow, director, National Institute of Drug Abuse; Jan Withers, president, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Ann McGeehan, executive director, National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA).

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Two Weeks Left To Create The 2013 Red Ribbon Theme

Posted on 11/26/2012 @ 12:00 PM

Will your bright idea be celebrated across the country during the 2013 Red Ribbon Week?

There's two weeks left to send us your ideas for the 2013 Red Ribbon Theme Contest today.

  • Entries must be received by (DEADLINE EXTENDED) December 10th, 2012 at 11:59PM (EST), via email to redribbon@nfp.org or via mail to National Family Partnership, 2490 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33145. Please include your name, school, telephone number and email address. Winners will be announced on February 15, 2013.
  • All entries become property of the National Family Partnership. Note: NFP reserves the right to select the theme or design from one submission and match it with another submitted theme or design. In that case, there will be two contest winners. Helpful Hints•Red Ribbon Week is celebrated in schools across America, where banners and signs are hung from marquees and fences. Whatever the theme or design you create should fit well within that context.
  • Themes should be brief and as catchy as possible. This year's theme is "The Best Me Is Drug Free." Previous themes include "It's Up To Me To Be Drug Free," “I Am Drug Free: Choices = Consequences,” “100% Me Drug Free,” “Look At Me I’m Drug Free” and “Drug Free Is The Key."
  • While the red ribbon should be prominently featured in the design, don’t be afraid to use other colors, as well
  • Entries should include a Red Ribbon in the design. The actual ribbon should be a double looped ribbon, as opposed to a single loop. (please refer to Red Ribbon Campaign logo here)

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Enter The 2012 Red Ribbon Contest

By Amy Goldstein on 10/03/2012 @ 11:04 AM

Families: Enter To Win $1,000 For Your School & An IPad For The Home

The National Family Partnership® (NFP) announces the national contest for its 27th annual Red Ribbon Week®, Oct. 23-31. Here’s how to enter to win $1,000 for your K-12 school and an iPad for the home:

  1. Students bring the Red Ribbon Week® message home by working alongside parents to decorate their front door, mailbox, fence, etc. with this year’s theme “The Best Me Is Drug Free™.”
  2. Take a photo with the family and your Red Ribbon Week® decoration, then upload to www.redribbon.org/contest or www.facebook.com/RedRibbonWeek by Nov. 2 (must be 18+ to upload your photos).
  3. The voting begins! Ask your family and friends to vote for your entry at www.redribbon.org/vote Nov. 2-16. Ten lucky winners from regions across the U.S. will win. Winners will be announced at events at their winning schools in December.

“Students will once again take Red Ribbon Week’s® message of prevention home to their neighborhoods with this national contest,” said the NFP’s Volunteer President Peggy Sapp. “By decorating their homes together with this year’s Red Ribbon theme, families carry the message to their communities.” The nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention campaign reaches more than 80 million people nationwide.

The DEA is co-sponsoring this year’s national contest. "DEA is excited to partner with the National Family Partnership® on this contest that empowers communities to come together to talk about the drug problem,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “Red Ribbon Week® is also when we honor DEA Special Agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena, who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities safe.”

Adds the NFP’s Peggy Sapp: “Take the Red Ribbon Week® pledge across America to help children grow up safe, healthy and drug free.” Visit www.redribbon.org/contest for contest information.

Check Out This Video About The Contest

About the NFP and Red Ribbon Week® The NFP was established in 1980, and is a national leader in drug prevention, education and advocacy. Its mission is to lead our nation’s families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug-free youth. Red Ribbon Week® is the nation’s largest and oldest drug prevention campaign, reaching 80 million people. NFP created the campaign in response to the 1985 abduction and murder of DEA agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena.

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2014 National Red Ribbon Photo Contest Winners

Posted on 09/30/2012 @ 01:00 PM

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2014 National Red Ribbon Photo Contest. We received hundreds of entries and over 188,000 votes in support of your entries. The purpose of the contest was to involve families and schools in spreading the Red Ribbon Week message. Based on the stories we've heard about families, schools and communities working together to promote healthy, drug free kids, we know it was a huge success.

We are delighted to announce the ten winners from around the country who received the most votes in each region/category. Congratulations to our winners.

School Decoration Winner

Amy Randle Harper Middle School Harper, TX

“This contest brought even more awareness to Red Ribbon Week and it lasted for a longer period of time. If it can prevent one person from using drugs and alcohol and make a positive impact on their life, then it was all worth it. Everyone took part in the contest. It was truly a team effort. We live in a wonderful community.”
Amy Randle, Teacher

“I’ve been a principal for seven years and a big part of the job is concern for my students’ health and well-being. We must encourage our students to make good decisions daily. That’s why we invest so much in prevention efforts. We are thrilled to be able to use the $1,000 prize to continue to promote this important message.”
Dean Eckert, Principal

Home Decoration Winners

Region 1 Winner Roberts Family Stacy Middle School Milford, MA

“Red Ribbon Week is important to me because the more you talk to your children and the more involved they are with positive projects like this, the less likely they are to venture out into the world of trial and error. My hope is to fill my kids with so much knowledge on the effects of drugs that they can be positive role models for their friends and make smart choices as they get older.”
Denise Roberts, Mother

“What I liked most about the contest was seeing students take initiative for their own well-being and the well-being of others. Red Ribbon Week is a wonderful focal point for discussion and education. The more education we give students at a younger age, the more time they have to develop an awareness and knowledge.”
Nancy Angelini, Principal

Region 2 Winner Mosher Family Warwick Valley High School Warwick, NY

“‘Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.’ means respecting and loving yourself enough to not get into a life that involves using drugs. I love Red Ribbon Week because it’s an opportunity for our whole school district to get together and present a unified message in a positive way.”
Taylor Mosher, Student, 17 years old

“What I liked most about the Red Ribbon Photo Contest is that it not only brought awareness to our students but to the community. Drug awareness is an important weapon in the fight against addiction. Red Ribbon Week is so essential because it allows the community to participate in activities that promote healthy living for our youth and community.”
Dr. Larry Washington, Principal

Region 3 Winner Kubasky Family Ramsay Elementary Mount Pleasant, PA

“While decorating our door together, I had the opportunity to talk to my kids about a serious topic in a relaxed, casual setting, in a non-confrontational way. We discussed school dances and other topics, as well as what to do if anyone offers them drugs or alcohol. My children are older so they’ll be faced with these difficult decisions soon. I want them to be educated and prepared.”
Kerri Kubasky, Mother

“In today’s society, children are exposed to so much more than we were growing up. The pressure from their peers is much stronger. Here in Western Pennsylvania, we have a big Heroin problem. We’ve been seeing lots of overdoses. To win this contest and use the money for prevention programs for our kids will be very beneficial.”
Lance Benteler, Principal

Region 4 Winner Paquin Family The Academy for Teaching and Learning Chester, SC

“I truly believe that the Red Ribbon Week Campaign is very important. It amazes me what children, even kindergarteners, already know about drugs. It is a scary world out there and anything we, as adults, parents and teachers can do to keep our children from using alcohol and drugs is worth the effort. For us, it’s really a year-round effort, not just one week.”
Jennifer “Nurse JJ” Paquin, Mother and School Nurse

“Part of our job in educating students is educating them to understand the importance of staying drug free so they can be successful citizens. If we don’t, who will? It’s the responsibility of every individual in a child’s life. The $1,000 prize for our school will help us do even more to educate the students and we are really excited about that.”
Robyn Caldwell, Principal

Region 5 Winner Fergus Family St. Eugene School Chicago, IL

“Red Ribbon Week and this contest are great opportunities to educate our children and raise awareness about the importance of being healthy and drug free. The best part of this competition is always bringing families together at St. Eugene School to spread an important message to our children about drug prevention.”
Diane Fergus, Mother

“Children are under much more pressure now than they used to be. The use of drugs can become an escape unless they are given opportunities to channel their energy and time elsewhere. Red Ribbon Week allows our school to truly concentrate on educating the students. We work as a community to engage them in thinking of other options than using drugs. We use peer pressure in a positive way.”
Jane Kusinski, Assistant Principal

Region 6 Winner Remerow Family Honey Island School Slidell, LA

“I just loved seeing Kendall’s joy and excitement during the competition. To spread the word about our entry, Kendall shared information with her teacher, who shared with principal, who sent a newsletter to the whole school. They really rallied behind her. It also made an impact on the neighbors, who adored the idea of the contest and the decorations - and supported us by voting.”
Kristin Remerow, Mother

“All the promise that children have - if we just encourage that and mold that early on then they can be great leaders. This contest is a venue and a way for them to express themselves and share a positive message. Kids learn messages best in their peer group, so when peers talk about making good choices, it rubs off on one another.”
Mary Jane Smith, Principal

Region 7 Winner Clark Family Sigourney Elementary School Sigourney, IA

“I was so surprised to learn we won again. We participated in the contest last year as a way to have family time. It’s now evolved into our wonderful town rallying behind us in support of this drug-free message. The contest has also helped me discuss this topic with my kids.”
Megan Clark, Mother

“These children are our future and we want them to be prepared for anything they face. Red Ribbon Week brings awareness to the community by focusing on being drug free and making good choices. We’re very proud of our school and the family members within our community who worked together to make this happen.”
Deanna Hutchings, Principal

Region 8 Winner Larson Family Gayville-Volin School Gayville, SD

“The contest really gave us an optimal time to talk about drugs to our kids. Since they were hearing about it at school and then decorating our home, it just made sense to have that conversation. The contest also helped us spread a positive message in our community and beyond. A lot of people from neighboring towns drive past our house on the way to work and they loved the message.”
Staci Larson, Mother

“Red Ribbon Week helps our teachers segue into discussions about drugs at school. We can bring this up in the best way to combat the dangers of substance abuse. This contest was great for our community and school. It opened the doors for a lot of positive conversations and dialogue.”
Patrick Beeman, Principal

Region 9 Winner Rezkalla Family Intensive Learning Center Lakewood, CA

“This contest helped me talk to my children about drugs. My son and daughter are young, they didn’t know about drugs but this opened the door for a friendly conversation. It was also good to spread the word about the topic during Halloween because more people paid attention to it. Neighbors asked us about our decorations and we talked to them about it.”
Shereen Elyas, Mother

“I think Red Ribbon Week and this contest are so important because drugs have become not only a concern among individuals, but a concern in our community and country. One of the ways to keep our students drug free is to help them understand the ramifications of making poor choices. Drugs destroy lives and take away opportunities.”
Dr. Isel Taylor, Principal

Region 10 Winner Benninger Family Columbia Academy West Linn, OR

“Talking about drugs with your children can be a difficult conversation. Having Red Ribbon Week put these lessons in the context of a competition helped open that door and helped the children be engaged, interested and invested in the conversation. But, the contest also helped spread the message beyond our family. During Halloween, we had our entry on the door and as Trick-or-Treaters came to the door, I could hear them reading the message aloud and talking about what it meant.”
Alison Benninger, Mother

“I loved that the contest opened up dialogue among our students about drug awareness and being drug free. I especially enjoyed that the theme of the contest, ‘Love Yourself. Be Drug Free,’ emphasized the value of self- worth. We are so very proud of Jack and his dedication and creativity!”
Kathy Hart, Principal

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Red Ribbon Week 2012 Launches 2nd Annual Photo Contest: "The Best Me Is Drug Free"

By Amy Goldstein on 09/13/2012 @ 11:04 AM

Students (K-12) Can Win $1,000 for Their Schools and an iPad 2 for themselves

The National Family Partnership (NFP) announced the new contest for the 2012 Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31: “The Best Me Is Drug Free.”  The nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention campaign reaches more than 80 million people nationwide.  “As schools across America celebrate Red Ribbon Week this year, students will take the message home,” said Peggy Sapp, NFP’s volunteer president.  “By entering the contest and decorating their homes together, families carry the message to their communities.”

Students (K-12) can enter by decorating their homes together with their parents - mailboxes, front doors or fences. Parents (18 or older) can upload photos to www.redribbon.org/contest starting October 1st. Then friends and family can vote for their entry, November 2-16. The entries with most votes will win. Learn more about the contest here.

Check Out This Video About The Contest

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Plant The Promise

Posted on 08/16/2012 @ 05:18 PM

Looking for a year-round prevention activity this Red Ribbon Week?

Plant the Promise is a wonderful way to celebrate Red Ribbon Week. Students plant plant red flower bulbs during Red Ribbon Week, which bloom in the Spring and serve as a reminder of the importance and the beauty of 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. Although 2002 Red Ribbon Week has a new theme, the tulips will be an ongoing part of the Red Ribbon celebration.

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Visit this link to get everything you need for Plant The Promise.

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Create The 2013 Red Ribbon Theme

Posted on 08/13/2012 @ 05:18 PM

Will your bright idea be celebrated across the country during the 2013 Red Ribbon Week?

Send us your ideas for the 2013 Red Ribbon Theme Contest today

  • Entries must be received by (DEADLINE EXTENDED) December 10th, 2012 at 11:59PM (EST), via email to redribbon@nfp.org or via mail to National Family Partnership, 2490 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33145. Please include your name, school, telephone number and email address. Winners will be announced on February 15, 2013.
  • All entries become property of the National Family Partnership. Note: NFP reserves the right to select the theme or design from one submission and match it with another submitted theme or design. In that case, there will be two contest winners. Helpful Hints•Red Ribbon Week is celebrated in schools across America, where banners and signs are hung from marquees and fences. Whatever the theme or design you create should fit well within that context.
  • Themes should be brief and as catchy as possible. This year's theme is "The Best Me Is Drug Free." Previous themes include "It's Up To Me To Be Drug Free," “I Am Drug Free: Choices = Consequences,” “100% Me Drug Free,” “Look At Me I’m Drug Free” and “Drug Free Is The Key."
  • While the red ribbon should be prominently featured in the design, don’t be afraid to use other colors, as well
  • Entries should include a Red Ribbon in the design. The actual ribbon should be a double looped ribbon, as opposed to a single loop. (please refer to Red Ribbon Campaign logo here)

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Download The 2012 Red Ribbon Planning Guide

Posted on 08/13/2012 @ 05:18 PM

Want To Plan A Fabulous Red Ribbon Week?

The Red Ribbon Planning Guide is just what you need to get started. Click here to download it or below to view it.

2012_NFP_RedRibbonGuide2012_Final.pdf

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