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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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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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