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Red Ribbon Week 2014 Launches 4th Annual Photo Contest: "Love Yourself. Be Drug Free"

By Amy Goldstein on 08/26/2014 @ 11:04 AM

Students (K-12) Can Win $1,000 for Their Schools and an iPad 2 for themselves

The National Family Partnership (NFP) announced the new contest for the 2014 Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31: “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.”  The nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention campaign reaches more than 80 million people nationwide.  “As schools across America celebrate Red Ribbon Week this year, students will take the message home,” said Peggy Sapp, NFP’s volunteer president.  “By entering the contest and decorating their homes together, families carry the message to their communities.”

Students (K-12) bring the Red Ribbon message home and together, as a family, decorate their home front door, mailbox or fence with this year's theme and a red ribbon (double looped, like a bow). Parents (18 or older) can upload photos to www.redribbon.org/contest starting October 1st. Then friends and family can vote for their entry, November 5-19. The entries with most votes will win. Learn more about the contest here.

Check Out This Video About The Contest

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Posted on 07/24/2014 @ 01:00 PM

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Introducing The 2014 Red Ribbon Theme

Posted on 02/11/2014 @ 12:09 PM

Introducing...The 2014 Red Ribbon Theme: Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.™

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Congratulations to Alexa Dougherty, a 7th grader at S.S. Steward Institute in New York, for creating the 2014 Red Ribbon Theme: “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.”

“I came up with the theme, ‘Love Yourself. Be Drug Free,’ because drugs are such a harmful thing for your body,” said Alexa. “If you are choosing not to take them, you obviously love yourself because you aren’t harming yourself. “

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Alexa’s Language Arts teacher, Lynn McGovern, learned about the National Family Partnership’s 2014 Red Ribbon Theme Contest from the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Orange County and decided to make the contest part of her lesson plan.

“I wanted the kids to participate in the contest because I want to expose them to prevention education,” said McGovern. “Red Ribbon Week is a great opportunity to expose students to the importance of being drug free.”

“Alexa is very creative, she loves school and she loves doing the right thing,” said Theresa Dougherty, Alexa’s mother. “Drug prevention is important to me as a parent because I want Alexa to have the best life possible. I’m so proud of her.”

Left to Right: James Conklin, Executive Director of The Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council of Orange County, Lynn McGovern, Teacher at SS Seward and Red Ribbon liaison, Theresa Dougherty, Mother of Alexa, Alexa Dougherty, and Susan Moore, Assistant Principal of SS Seward.

Alexa Dougherty won $500 in Red Ribbon theme merchandise from the National Family Partnership for her school, S.S. Steward Institute in Florida, New York, for Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31, 2014. In addition to her prize, she is bringing national recognition to her school and community. Members of the school, Alexa's family and the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council of Orange County are beaming with pride.

"The Orange County Red Ribbon Committee was started by two individuals in 1990 and started out very small," said James Conklin, Executive Director of The Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council of Orange County. "I am absolutely thrilled and proud that it has grown into such a well-known campaign in our county and that one of our own residents has been nationally recognized for her anti-drug slogan. The Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council offers its sincere congratulations to Alexa and is confident that she will serve as a role model to her peers and the Orange County community at large.”

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 29th year as the nation's largest and oldest drug prevention campaign, Red Ribbon Week® reaches 80 million people each year throughout the United States.

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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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