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Red Ribbon Week 2015 Launches 5th Annual Photo Contest: "Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free"
By Amy Goldstein on 10/01/2015 @ 11:04 AM
Today is the day! The National Family Partnership (NFP), invites families and schools across America to participate in its 5th Annual National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest. Entries are now being accepted. The contest, which is co-sponsored by the DEA, will be held in conjunction with the 30th 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, “Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.”
Entries will be accepted through Nov. 3 and the winners will be announced on December 4.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, “Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.”
- Schools (K-12) may decorate their school campus with a double-looped red ribbon and the theme, “Respect Yourself. Be 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 3 (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 4 (12:00am ET) to November 18 (11:59pm ET). The winners will be announced December 4th.
- 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.
Get Ready For Red Ribbon Week 2015
Posted on 09/21/2015 @ 01:00 PM
Are you ready for 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. This year's theme, "Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.™", created by a middle school student in Ohio, is a wonderful, positive message to share - and we invite you to join us.
Enter The Red Ribbon Photo Contest
We are giving out $20,000 to schools across America. We invite you to enter the contest. Watch our video one-minute video and share it!
Other Ways To Get Ready
- Download the Planning Guide, pledges, web banners and more.
- Order and display Red Ribbon Materials.
- Submit your event.
- Take a stab at next year's theme.
- Make it social. #redribbonweek #respectyourselfbedrugfree.
- Stay in touch on Facebook.
We look forward to your participation!
Introducing The 2015 National Red Ribbon Week Youth Ambassador
Posted on 07/22/2015 @ 05:29 PM
The National Family Partnership is proud to announce that this year’s National Red Ribbon Week Youth Ambassador is Johanna Colón of Raleigh, North Carolina. Johanna was selected for her tremendous spirit, wonderful dance skills, commitment to healthy activities, kindness towards others, leadership qualities, self-confidence and her self-respect – all demonstrated in a three-minute, viral YouTube video, viewed by an estimated 70 million people. Johanna’s qualities and her song selection tie in perfectly with this year’s Red Ribbon Week theme: Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.™
“When we respect ourselves, we make healthy choices and we protect our bodies and minds,” said Peggy Sapp, president of the National Family Partnership. “Johanna’s contagious energy, enthusiasm, spirit, leadership qualities and self-confidence make her the perfect youth ambassador and representative for this year’s theme.” No stranger to Red Ribbon Week, Johanna celebrates the event every year at her local elementary school in Raleigh, North Carolina.
“Red Ribbon Week is so much fun and I am very excited,” said Johanna. “When you respect yourself, you love yourself, you are healthy and you don’t do drugs. I hope I can help a lot of kids.”
Coincidentally, Johanna’s mom, Elissa Colón, is a former elementary school teacher who organized Red Ribbon Week activities each year for students at her school.
“My first reaction when hearing that Johanna was selected to be a Youth Ambassador for Red Ribbon Week was sheer excitement,” said Elissa Colón. “I think it’s an amazing opportunity for her to learn what a difference she can make in this world. As a parent and former teacher, Red Ribbon Week is important to me because I want my children and other children to succeed in life and be productive, happy adults, which would not be possible if they engage in drug use.”
Elissa Colón sees Red Ribbon Week as a gift to parents and schools – and a wonderful opportunity to introduce a sometimes difficult, but nonetheless important, topic to children. “I would encourage all parents to take advantage of Red Ribbon Week and use it as a fun, non-threatening way to engage their children in conversations about being healthy, respecting themselves and staying drug free.”
As the Youth Ambassador, Johanna will help spread the Red Ribbon Week message in her local schools; at national Red Ribbon events; online through social media; through print, TV and online media interviews and other opportunities as they arise.
Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31) is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, celebrated by an estimated 80 million people each year. Learn more about ways to celebrate Red Ribbon Week here.
Introducing the 2015 Red Ribbon Theme
Posted on 02/20/2015 @ 12:09 PM
Introducing...The 2015 Red Ribbon Theme: Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.™
“I am so excited and happy,” said Kristofer Calhoun, winner of the 2015 National Red Ribbon Theme Contest, shortly after his surprise recognition ceremony at Solon Middle School in Solon, Ohio. “I am shocked that I won out of so many entries.”
The 2015 National Red Ribbon theme is “Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.”
“Respecting yourself means looking at yourself every day and treating yourself like you would treat someone you loved most in the world,” said Kristofer, 13. “If you do drugs, you really don’t have self-confidence and you don’t respect yourself."Check out 2015 Red Ribbon Theme Products
For Kristofer’s mother, Lori Calhoun, the topic hits close to home. “My father was addicted to prescription drugs and I’ve experienced the impact of addiction first-hand,” said Lori. “He overdosed when I was a junior in high school and I was the one to find him and get him help.”
Lori Calhoun’s personal experience with the issue makes Kristofer’s win that much more meaningful. “I’m so proud that Kristofer is taking a stand against underage drinking and drug use,” said Lori. “I’m so excited for him!”
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 2015 in thousands of schools and communities across America. In its 30th year as the nation’s largest and oldest drug prevention campaign, Red Ribbon Week® reaches over 100 million people each year throughout the United States. In addition to national recognition, Kristofer’s school, Solon Middle School, will also receive $500 worth of 2015 Red Ribbon Week® theme merchandise.
This is the second year that Solon Middle School won the National Red Ribbon Theme contest, thanks to proud Red Ribbon supporter and digital arts teacher Cheryl Holsapfel, who encourages her students to enter the contest every year. Aly Falck, a former Solon Middle 7th grader, won the contest in 2013.
“I’m so proud of Kristofer,” said Holsapfel. “It couldn’t have happened to a nicer student.”
For those students considering using alcohol or drugs, Kristofer Calhoun offered some advice. “Think about how it affects you,” said Calhoun. “Think about how it will affect the people around you who love and care about you.”
Thank you, Kristofer, for your wonderful slogan and your inspiring message to children and families across America.
This Red Ribbon Week, Win $1,000 For Your School and an iPad For Your Family
By Amy Goldstein on 09/08/2014 @ 03:34 PM
Nearly nine percent of United States youths ages 12 to 17 use illicit drugs, according to the National Survey of Drug Use Health’s Summary of National Findings. The same study showed that substance use by adolescents could be prevented through early interventions, including parental involvement. In fact, 96 percent of youths who perceived strong parental disapproval for trying marijuana once or twice remained drug free.
In an effort to prevent drug use and educate youth, the National Family Partnership (NFP) invites families and schools across America to participate in its Annual Red Ribbon Photo Contest, in conjunction with the 29th Annual Red Ribbon Week.
“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 to educate their children about the dangers of drug use while they decorate their homes using this year’s theme, ‘Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.’”
Ten families across America will be selected to win the grand prize: an iPad and $1,000 donation to a K-12 school of their choosing. There will also be one prize awarded for a school decoration. Watch the precious reaction of one of last year’s young winners. Here’s how to enter:
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, “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.” Schools may decorate any part of their campus.
- Take a photo with your decoration and upload it to RedRibbon.org/contest from Oct. 1 – Nov. 4. 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 Nov. 5.
- Eleven winners will be announced Dec. 5.
Click here for the contest rules.