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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 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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Meet The 2018 Red Ribbon Theme Winner

Posted on 03/01/2018 @ 12:53 PM

Taeya Moore, a student at Solon Middle School in Solon, Ohio created the winning theme for 2018 Red Ribbon Week, which takes place October 23-31. Taeya's theme, "Life Is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free™.", was among thousands of Red Ribbon theme ideas submitted by students, parents, educators and members of communities across America. Taeya will receive $500 of prevention materials for her school.

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 2018 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. Informed Families is the Florida Sponsor of Red Ribbon Week.

This is the fourth year that Solon Middle School won the National Red Ribbon Theme contest, thanks to proud Red Ribbon supporter and digital arts teacher Cheryl Holsapfel (featured on the left in the photo below with Taeya and her family), who encourages her students to enter the contest every year.

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Introducing The 2018 Red Ribbon Theme

Posted on 02/03/2018 @ 09:01 PM

We are thrilled to announce the 2018 National Red Ribbon Week theme: Life Is Your Journey, Travel Drug Free.™

The theme was created by a student at Solon Middle School in Solon, Ohio.

The school will receive national recognition and $500 in Red Ribbon Theme merchandise from Nimco, Inc.

Stay tuned for the release of the 2018 Red Ribbon Planning Guide and other wonderful materials.

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5 Ways to Celebrate Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31)

Posted on 10/23/2017 @ 10:01 AM

It's Red Ribbon Week® (October 23-31)!

The Red Ribbon Campaign® is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the Nation and a way for people and communities take a visible stand against drugs. We want to help our nation's children reach their full potential.

Red Ribbon is intended to be fun AND effective. Here are 5 ways to celebrate:

  1. Communicate with children about the importance of staying drug free and the meaning behind this year's theme: "Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free.™"
  2. Educate, educate, educate. It's not just about wearing red or crazy socks. Here are some curriculum ideas for each grade level.
  3. Enter our photo contest. It's a great way to get the conversation started and it also supports schools across America.
  4. Make it social. Show your support for Red Ribbon on Facebook and Twitter.
  5. Take a stab at creating next year's theme. You'll get national recognition and lots of free Red Ribbon merchandise.

The National Family Partnership thanks you for your participation and your unwavering support!

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