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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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New Curriculum Resources for 2018 Red Ribbon Week

Posted on 09/13/2018 @ 01:05 PM

Red Ribbon Week is just around the corner and educators, parents, law enforcement and community members across the nation are making final preparations to make this year's celebration of healthy choices the most impactful ever.

If you are looking for outstanding curriculum ideas, we have you covered. National Family Partnership is dedicated to regularly updating our curriculum suggestions to give you the latest prevention tools. Red Ribbon Week is supposed to be fun - but more importantly, it's an opportunity to educate students and families about the importance of a healthy, drug free lifestyle.

Our Newest Curriculum Offering: A Digital Course For High School Students On Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

National Family Partnership is a proud partner of the Prescription Drug Safety Network, a nationwide coalition committed to empowering students with skills to help make safe and healthy decisions about prescription drug use for themselves, their families, and their communities.

The flagship initiative of the Prescription Drug Safety Network is the launch of a new prescription drug abuse prevention course developed by EVERFI, the nation’s leading education technology innovator. The Prescription Drug Safety Network has committed to providing this digital curriculum to high schools across the state, and will be made available at no cost to the schools.

About the course

The digital learning course uses an evidence-based, public health approach to empower high school students with the skills and knowledge they need to make safe and healthy decisions about prescription drugs. Through interactive scenarios and self-guided activities, students learn the facts about drugs, how to properly use and dispose of them, and how to step in when faced with a situation involving misuse. The course is aligned with the Centers for Disease Control’s National Health Education Standards and state academic standards.

Get Started

Download this Quick Start Guide to get started with your students today. Feel free to contact Rosemary McGinty (rmcginty@everfi.com) for more information, or to set up a brief training for teachers who are interested in using the resource in their classrooms.

Want more? Visit our curriculum pages for suggestions by grade level.

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2018 Red Ribbon Week Annual Photo Contest: "Life Is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free"

Posted on 08/18/2018 @ 01:03 PM

The National Family Partnership (NFP), invites families and schools across America to participate in its 7th Annual National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest.

The contest, which is co-sponsored by the DEA, will be held in conjunction with the 32nd Annual Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31). 

“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 and schools to educate children about the dangers of drug use while they decorate their homes and schools using this year’s theme, “Life Is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free.”

Entries will be accepted from Oct. 1 through Nov. 1 and the winners will be announced on December 3. This year, $20,000 will be awarded to schools in five regions across the country.

What's new for this year:

In response to participants' feedback, we are introducing a new way to win! You can either get the most votes in your category (school or home) in your region (5 regions, total of 10 prizes) or you can receive a Judges Award for having an outstanding photo! Here are the 10 Judges awards up for grabs:

Judges Awards - School Category

  • Most creative
  • Best use of the school and community
  • Best use of the theme
  • Most parent/family representation
  • Most educational

Judges Awards - Home Category

  • Most creative
  • Best use of the family and community
  • Best use of the theme
  • Most Ambitious
  • Most educational

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, “Life Is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free”

Schools (K-12) may decorate their school campus with a double-looped red ribbon and the theme, “Life Is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free.” Decorations should be in a visible location on the school campus.

Take a photo with your decoration and upload it to RedRibbon.org/contest October 1 (9:00 am ET) to November 1 (9:00pm ET). 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 November 2 (9:00am ET) to November 16 (9:00pm ET). The winners will be announced December 3.

  • Families in the Home Decoration category with the most votes in each region (5 winners total) will win an iPad for the family and $1,000 to be used towards drug prevention at a K-12 school of their choosing.
  • Schools in the School Decoration category with the most votes in each region (5 winners total) will win an iPad (for the school employee or PTA member who entered on behalf of the school) and $1,000 to be used towards drug prevention at the school.
  • Families and Schools earning Judges Awards (10 winners total) will win an iPad (for the family or school employee who entered on behalf of the school) and $1,000 for the school to be used towards drug prevention
Want to know more? Click here for FAQ

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Vote For Your Favorite Entry In The 2018 Red Ribbon Week Annual Photo Contest

Posted on 08/18/2018 @ 01:03 PM

Families and schools across America need your help to win $1,000 for their local schools, as part of the National Red Ribbon Photo Contest.

Contest participants decorated their homes and schools with a double-looped red ribbon and the theme, “Life Is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free.” Now, they need your votes.

Voting takes place between November 2 (9:00am ET) to November 16 (9:00pm ET). The winners will be announced December 3.

  • School entries and home entries with the most votes in each region will receive an iPad and $1,000 to be used toward drug prevention. Voting takes place at www.redribbon.org/vote. You may vote once per 24 hour period per entry.

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When Is Red Ribbon Week?

Posted on 05/11/2018 @ 12:02 PM

We are frequently contacted by schools, organizations and communities about when Red Ribbon Week is scheduled to take place each year. It's a very simple answer because the dates are always the same.

When Is 2018 Red Ribbon Week?

Red Ribbon Week takes place every year on October 23-31. So Red Ribbon Week in 2018 takes place October 23-31, 2018.

Does Red Ribbon Week Really Start On A Tuesday?

This year, Red Ribbon Week begins on a Tuesday. What does that mean for your school or community? If you can't celebrate Red Ribbon Week from Tuesday to Wednesday and must choose one calendar week to do so, use your best judgment. For example, some participants will choose to celebrate starting on the 22nd and others will wait until the following week.

What If We Can't Celebrate Red Ribbon Week During The Selected Dates?

While it is ideal for everyone to celebrate Red Ribbon Week from October 23-31st each year, we understand that some schools and communities cannot make that work. We recommend choosing a date in October if possible and if not, choosing what works best for you.

Tell Us What You Are Planning For Red Ribbon Week

Register your event here for a chance to win $250 in free Red Ribbon Week merchandise!

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