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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...

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®

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.

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

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