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Red Ribbon Week 2017 7th Annual Photo Contest: "Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free"

Posted on 08/18/2017 @ 01:03 PM

The National Family Partnership (NFP), invites families and schools across America to participate in its 6th Annual National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest.

The National Family Partnership (NFP), invites families and schools across America to participate in its 6th Annual National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest. The contest, which is co-sponsored by the DEA, will be held in conjunction with the 31st 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, “Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free.”

Entries will be accepted from Oct. 1 through Nov. 2 and the winners will be announced on December 1. This year, $20,000 will be awarded to schools in ten regions across the country.

Check Out This Video About The Contest

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, “Your Future Is Key So Stay Drug Free”

Schools (K-12) may decorate their school campus with a double-looped red ribbon and the theme, “Your Future Is Key So Stay 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 (12:00 am ET) to November 2 (11:59pm 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 3 (12:00am ET) to November 17 (11:59pm ET). The winners will be announced December 2nd.

10 Families in the Home Decoration category with the most votes in each region will win an iPad for the family and $1,000 to be used towards drug prevention at a K-12 school of their choosing.

10 schools in the School Decoration category with the most votes in each region 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.

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Meet The 2017 Red Ribbon Theme Winner

Posted on 03/16/2017 @ 10:01 PM

We recently announced the 2017 National Red Ribbon Theme, Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free. Now, we are proud to announce the winner of the theme contest: Iris Yu, 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. In addition to the attention she is receiving from her school community, Iris is receiving a great deal of support from her family.

"Our whole family is very excited and proud of Iris, especially her little brother," said Wei Yu, Iris' mom. "This topic is important to me as it's important to everyone. Aside from all the social problems caused by drug abuse, as a parent, it’s just heartbreaking to see kids being victimized by drugs [when] they could have a bright future."

Iris, who entered along with hundreds of classmates thanks to the dedication of her media arts teacher Cheryl Holsapfel, didn’t think she was going to win but had a good time trying.

“I [had] fun trying to think of various slogans,” said Iris. “I think that drug prevention is important because [drug use] has been popularized by pop culture and the media. I came up with the theme by first considering what doing drugs would affect, and the obvious answer to me was your future. The rest of the words kind of just fell into place afterwards.”

Holsapfel participates each year in the contest as a way to talk with her students about drugs. All of her students enter the contest and have done so for the past few years. Holsapfel’s intended message clearly got through to Iris.

“Drugs not only affect your brain, but your future as well,” said Iris. “You don't get a second future. It's why you do a lot of the things you do…in hopes of having a good future.”

To Iris’ mom, her daughter’s message for her peers across America is clear.

"There are so many beautiful places you could go. There are unlimited possibilities for you to explore. So don't let drugs ruin it."

Stay tuned for the release of the 2017 Red Ribbon Planning Guide and other wonderful materials available at www.redribbon.org/downloads.

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The 2017 Red Ribbon Theme Is Here!

Posted on 02/22/2017 @ 09:01 PM

We are so excited we can hardly contain ourselves. It's our pleasure to announce the 2017 National Red Ribbon Week theme: Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free™.

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

The school plans to recognize the student on Friday, February 24th, at which point we'll announce the name of the winner. We don't want to spoil the surprise!

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

Stay tuned for the release of the 2017 Red Ribbon Planning Guide and other wonderful materials.

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Announcing the 2016 Red Ribbon Photo Contest Winners

By National Family Partnership on 12/02/2016 @ 11:59 PM

‘Tis the season for giving! Today, 20 creative teams across the nation found out they are winners of $1,000 each from the National Family Partnership and the Drug Enforcement Administration as part of the National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest. The 10 winning families who decorated their homes and the 10 winning schools who decorated their campuses with this year’s Red Ribbon Week theme: “YOLO. Be Drug Free,” earn $1,000 each for their local schools and an iPad for the family or the person who entered on behalf of the school. The contest was part of the annual National Red Ribbon Week® celebration – the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention campaign.

The contest, sponsored by the National Family Partnership (NFP) and co-sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), encouraged families and schools nationwide to decorate their homes and campuses with this year’s Red Ribbon Week theme, “YOLO. Be Drug Free™.” Contest participants uploaded their photos and then asked others to vote for their entry. The entries with the most votes in each of the 10 regions in each category (home entry and school entry) won the contest.

“An estimated 80 million people celebrate Red Ribbon Week each year,” says NFP President Peggy Sapp. “We designed the contest to involve families, schools, and communities in delivering the drug prevention message to children while promoting a healthy and drug-free lifestyle.”

Close to 100,000 votes were cast in support of the more than 400 contest entries. Money earned for winning the contest will go to drug education and prevention programs.

See all 2016 photo entries at www.redribbon.org/contest/winners.

Red Ribbon Week began in 1985 after the abduction and murder of DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. The first ever National Red Ribbon Week was organized by the National Family Partnership in 1988. NFP continues to sponsor the campaign for families, schools and communities across the nation each year. Since its inception, the campaign has touched millions of lives to promote and celebrate drug free living.

“Congratulations to all of the Red Ribbon Photo Contest participants,” said Acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. “This is a great way to spread the prevention message and educate students and families about drug abuse.”

School Entries

  • Region 1 - Braintree High School - Braintree, Massachusetts
  • Region 2 - Red Bank Middle School - Red Bank, New Jersey
  • Region 3 - Ingomar Middle School - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Region 4 - Orlando Science Elementary - Orlando, Florida
  • Region 5 - Allen East High School - Bluffton, Ohio
  • Region 6 - Milan Elementary School - Milan, New Mexico
  • Region 7 - Cameron R-I School District - Cameron, Missouri
  • Region 8 - Naples Elementary School - Vernal, Utah
  • Region 9 - Charles G. Emery Elementary School -Buena Park, California
  • Region 10 - Riley Creek School - Gold Beach, Oregon

ARCpoint Labs Winner

  • Air Base K-8 Center For International Education - Jeniffer Gude

Home Entries

  • Region 1 The Rivera Family - Paul R Baird Middle School - Ludlow, Massachusetts
  • Region 2 The Johnston Family - Geneseo Central School - Geneseo, New York
  • Region 3 The Spencer Family - Abingdon Elementary School - Gloucester County, Virginia
  • Region 4 The Trought Family - Grayson High School - Loganville, Georgia
  • Region 5 The McGovern Family - St. Eugene School - Chicago, Illinois
  • Region 6 The McDonald Family - Mountain Peak Elementary School - Midlothian, Texas
  • Region 7 The Paulson Family - Dora R-III - Dora, Missouri
  • Region 8 The Hejna Family - Gayville-Volin High School - Gayville, South Dakota
  • Region 9 The Oliva Family - Country Hills Elementary - Brea, California
  • Region 10 The Carino Family - North Valley High School - Grants Pass, Oregon

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Thank you for your participation

By National Family Partnership on 11/17/2016 @ 11:59 PM

The National Family Partnership (NFP) thanks all the families and schools who participated in the 2016 National Red Ribbon Photo Contest. We truly appreciate your involvement and your efforts to share the Red Ribbon message with others in your communities. The voting period is now over and winners will be announced December 2nd at www.redribbon.org.

We can't wait to share the winners with you and recognize the outstanding achievements of so many families and schools across America.

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