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2019 Red Ribbon Week Resource: Everfi's Prescription Drug Safety Course

Posted on 09/11/2019 @ 05:04 PM


Each year, the National Family Partnership looks for new ways to highlight exciting and effective prevention methods. As we quickly approach Red Ribbon Week, now is the perfect time for you to learn more about Everfi's Prescription Drug Safety Network (PDSN).

PDSN is a national coalition committed to empowering Americans with the skills and knowledge to make safe decisions about prescription medications through digital education reaching over 155,000+ students in the 2018-19 school year.

The Prescription Drug Safety course is a self-guided digital learning experience that uses interactive content and stimulations to equip students with the strategies and best practices to manage and dispose of prescription medications. Data from pre-and-post course assessments shows that learners are more prepared and feel more empowered to make safe and responsible decisions about prescription medication after taking the Prescription Drug Safety course. Click here to learn more about how to get involved.

Click on the course description below for details.

Course Description

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Red Ribbon Walk & Wrap for Schools

Posted on 07/12/2019 @ 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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2019 Red Ribbon Social Media Tools

By Amy Goldstein on 07/12/2019 @ 10:00 AM

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

  • Send A Message. Stay 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 2019. 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

  • Send A Message. Stay 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 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
  • 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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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.  

 

Click here to purchase. 

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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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