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National Family Partnership Announces Winners of the 9th Annual National Red Ribbon Photo Contest

Posted on 12/02/2019 @ 09:08 AM

Miami, FL (December 2, 2019) – National Family Partnership (NFP) is proud to announce the 20 winners of its 9th Annual National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest, that was held in conjunction with National Red Ribbon Week which takes place each year from October 23 through 31.

Co-sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency, the annual contest invited families and schools across the country to decorate the fronts of their homes and school campuses with a double-looped red ribbon in order to draw attention to the importance of staying drug free.  This year all submissions were required to incorporate the 2019 campaign slogan, Send A Message. Stay Drug Free.™

The winning photos were among hundreds of entries uploaded to Ten winners received the most votes in their designated regions, and ten winners were chosen to receive a home or school award from a category that included: Most Creative, Best Use of School and Community, Best Use of the Theme, Most Parent or Family Participation, and Most Educational.  Families and individuals who entered on behalf of their schools will receive an Apple iPad and a $1,000 donation made to the K-12 school of their choice in support of drug prevention.

“The National Family Partnership (NFP) works tirelessly to help Americans across the country come together to keep children, families and communities safe through education, networking and by sponsoring the National Red Ribbon Photo Contest,” said NFP President Peggy Sapp.  "We congratulate the winners and thank them for helping us to continue to spread our message through their beautiful and creative photos.”

Kelly Fox, SADD Advisor and Health Teacher at Braintree High School in Braintree, MA won an award for receiving the most votes in her region. 

“I really enjoy the unity that surrounds Red Ribbon Week,” she said. This initiative helps our community come together and allows us to talk about substance abuse prevention while also giving us something positive and exciting to focus on.”

For the last nine years, the Drug Enforcement Administration has co-sponsored the contest. 

“The Drug Enforcement Administration is pleased to co-sponsor the National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest,” said Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon. “This contest is a great way to start discussions about preventing drug abuse and drug misuse among youth at home and in school. During Red Ribbon Week, we honor the sacrifice made by DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena and highlight the importance of living a drug-free life.”

More than 23,000 votes were cast in support of more than 400 contest entries.

2019 Contest Winners:

Home Winners with the most votes:
• Region 1 – Vickie Schultz – Girard, PA - Cambridge Springs Jr./Sr. High School
• Region 2 – Clayton Bradfield – Lee, FL - Madison Creative Arts Academy
• Region 3 -  Ginny Robinson – Dora, MO - Dora R-3 School
• Region 4 -  Fallon Wilson – Chelsea, OK - Chelsea High School
• Region 5 – Lynn Chambless – Tustin, CA - Calvary Christian School Santa Ana

School Winners with the most votes:
• Region 1 – Kelly Fox – Braintree, MA – Braintree High School 
• Region 2 – Jennifer Moser and Linda Romero – Miramar, FL – Glades Middle School
• Region 3 – Bev Davison – Dora, MO – Dora R-3 School 
• Region 4 – Ashley Trapp – Cypress, TX – Salyards Middle School 
• Region 5 – Jay Beckleheimer – Buena Park, CA – Arthur Corey Elementary School 

Home Judges Awards:

• Most Creative - Cammy Dupree – Scott, LA - Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy
• Most Pizazz - Brianna Brewster – Pembroke Pines, FL - Pembroke Pines Charter School - FSU Campus
• Best Use of Family and Community - Robin Rog – Chicago, IL - St. Eugene School
• Best Use of the Theme - Natalia Solares – Pembroke Pines, FL – Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School
• Most Family/Parent Representation - Betty Robinson – Hialeah, FL - Kinloch Park Middle School
• Most Educational – Arcelia Arellano – Hemet, CA - Hemet Elementary

School Judges Awards:

• Most Creative – Rachel Branagan – Munster, IN – Elliott Elementary School
• Best Use of School and Community – Lety Gonzalez – Beaumont, TX – Regina Howell Elementary School
• Best Use of the Theme – Alisa Nepp – Ringgold, GA – Ringgold Elementary School
• Most Ambitious, Lauren Andrews – Lehi, UT – Meadow Elementary School
• Most Educational – Debbi Fincher – Friday Harbor, WA – Friday Harbor High School

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National Family Partnership Announces Creation of Drug Free USA Forever Stamp

Posted on 11/01/2019 @ 02:59 PM

Stamp to Raise National Awareness about the Dangers of Drug Misuse

Miami, FL (November 1, 2019) – The U.S. Postal Service revealed the new “Drug Free USA Forever” stamp yesterday in conjunction with National Family Partnership’s (NFP) Red Ribbon Week, the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program taking place each year from October 23 through 31.

Earlier this year, the Drug Enforcement Administration and NFP submitted a joint letter to the U.S. Postal Service’s Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, to propose a stamp to raise national awareness about the dangers of drug misuse.

“NFP is delighted that the U.S. Postal Service is committed to supporting our efforts to promote drug prevention, education and awareness,” said NFP President Peggy B. Sapp. “We all must continue to play our unique roles in spreading the word to communities about how individuals can make healthy choices.”

The Drug Free USA Forever stamp features a white star with lines of red, light blue, and blue radiating from one side of each of the star’s five points, suggesting the unity necessary at all levels to effectively address drug use. The stamp will go on sale in October 2020.

"The Postal Service is glad to do its part in marking Red Ribbon Week, and renewing our commitment to helping these efforts to educate youth about the dangers of illegal drugs,” said Robert M. Duncan, chairman of the USPS Board of Governors. 

The Red Ribbon became a symbol for drug prevention in 1985, in response to the murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. Informed Families started the first county-wide Red Ribbon campaign in 1986. In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Week® celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children and families.

To learn more about the National Family Partnership, visit

About the National Family Partnership

The National Family Partnership was established in 1980 and is a national leader in drug prevention, education and advocacy. Its mission is to educate families, and to help kids grow up safe, healthy and drug free, through the promotion of two national campaigns: Red Ribbon Week® and the Lock Your Meds campaign for prescription drug abuse awareness. Learn more about Red Ribbon Week at, Lock Your Meds at and NFP at

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Only A Few Days Left to Enter the 9th Annual National Red Ribbon Photo Contest

Posted on 10/25/2019 @ 09:24 AM

You still have time to snap and upload your best Red Ribbon themed photo! First, take a photo and then choose a category. Entries to the Home category should display a decorated home front door, mailbox or fence with a double-looped red ribbon, and include the words of this year’s theme, “Send A Message. Stay Drug Free.” Entries to the School category should display the campus, a double-looped red ribbon and include the words of this year’s theme. Next, upload your photo to, and tell your friends, family and classmates to cast their vote during the voting period which will take place from November 2 through 16. The ten entrants with the most votes from each region will win an iPad and $1,000 to be given to the K-12 school of their choice. An additional ten winners will also be chosen by a panel of judges. Winners will be announced December 2. For details and contest rules, visit our website at

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The Red Ribbon Theme is Copyright Protected

Posted on 09/13/2019 @ 09:52 AM

As a reminder, Red Ribbon themes are owned by The National Family Partnership and are protected under US copyright and trademark law. The materials cannot be altered, distributed or sold without our permission. If you are interested in producing Red Ribbon merchandise, please contact the National Family Partnership at for information.


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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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