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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.Check out Red Ribbon Theme Products
"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
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
NFP Honors Achievement In Drug Prevention At National Red Ribbon Awards Dinner
By Amy Goldstein on 02/10/2013 @ 12:33 PM
The National Family Partnership®(NFP) recently hosted their 2nd annual National Red Ribbon Awards Dinner, co-sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). NFP celebrated the success of the 2012 Red Ribbon Campaign® (October 23-31st) and honored individuals and groups who made a difference in creating a drug free America. The event took place on Feb. 6, 2013 at The Army/Navy Club.
During the awards ceremony, NFP recognized the 10 winners of the 2012 National Red Ribbon Photo Contest and presented Jeb and Columba Bush with the Enrique “Kiki” Camarena National Red Ribbon Leadership Award. Both the South Dakota National Guard and the Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention, Inc. received the “National Power of Partners Award” for their collaborative efforts in promoting drug awareness.
“The Red Ribbon Campaign® is a fun, powerful and effective way to deliver focused, branded, healthy, anti-drug messages to the public,” says NFP President Peggy Sapp, who also serves as President & CEO of Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership. “The winners of the National Red Ribbon Awards honor DEA Agent Kiki Camarena’s legacy by helping to create a drug free America through the promotion, support and growth of the National Red Ribbon Campaign."
NFP also announced the theme for the 2013 National Red Ribbon Campaign®: “A Healthy Me Is Drug Free™,” created by Aly Falck, a middle school student from Solon, Ohio.
Featured speakers included Peggy Sapp, president of the NFP; R. Gil Kerlikowske, director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP); Michelle Leonhart, administrator of the DEA; and Charles Curie, former administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Other notables in attendance included David Mineta, deputy director of Demand Reduction, ONDCP; Dr. Westley Clark, director, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment;Dr. Nora Volkow, director, National Institute of Drug Abuse; Jan Withers, president, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Ann McGeehan, executive director, National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA).
Two Weeks Left To Create The 2013 Red Ribbon Theme
Posted on 11/26/2012 @ 12:00 PM
Will your bright idea be celebrated across the country during the 2013 Red Ribbon Week?
There's two weeks left to send us your ideas for the 2013 Red Ribbon Theme Contest today.
- Entries must be received by (DEADLINE EXTENDED) December 10th, 2012 at 11:59PM (EST), via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to National Family Partnership, 2490 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33145. Please include your name, school, telephone number and email address. Winners will be announced on February 15, 2013.
- All entries become property of the National Family Partnership. Note: NFP reserves the right to select the theme or design from one submission and match it with another submitted theme or design. In that case, there will be two contest winners. Helpful Hints•Red Ribbon Week is celebrated in schools across America, where banners and signs are hung from marquees and fences. Whatever the theme or design you create should fit well within that context.
- Themes should be brief and as catchy as possible. This year's theme is "The Best Me Is Drug Free." Previous themes include "It's Up To Me To Be Drug Free," “I Am Drug Free: Choices = Consequences,” “100% Me Drug Free,” “Look At Me I’m Drug Free” and “Drug Free Is The Key."
- While the red ribbon should be prominently featured in the design, don’t be afraid to use other colors, as well
- Entries should include a Red Ribbon in the design. The actual ribbon should be a double looped ribbon, as opposed to a single loop. (please refer to Red Ribbon Campaign logo here)
Enter The 2012 Red Ribbon Contest
By Amy Goldstein on 10/03/2012 @ 11:04 AM
Families: Enter To Win $1,000 For Your School & An IPad For The Home
The National Family Partnership® (NFP) announces the national contest for its 27th annual Red Ribbon Week®, Oct. 23-31. Here’s how to enter to win $1,000 for your K-12 school and an iPad for the home:
- Students bring the Red Ribbon Week® message home by working alongside parents to decorate their front door, mailbox, fence, etc. with this year’s theme “The Best Me Is Drug Free™.”
- Take a photo with the family and your Red Ribbon Week® decoration, then upload to www.redribbon.org/contest or www.facebook.com/RedRibbonWeek by Nov. 2 (must be 18+ to upload your photos).
- The voting begins! Ask your family and friends to vote for your entry at www.redribbon.org/vote Nov. 2-16. Ten lucky winners from regions across the U.S. will win. Winners will be announced at events at their winning schools in December.
“Students will once again take Red Ribbon Week’s® message of prevention home to their neighborhoods with this national contest,” said the NFP’s Volunteer President Peggy Sapp. “By decorating their homes together with this year’s Red Ribbon theme, families carry the message to their communities.” The nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention campaign reaches more than 80 million people nationwide.
The DEA is co-sponsoring this year’s national contest. "DEA is excited to partner with the National Family Partnership® on this contest that empowers communities to come together to talk about the drug problem,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “Red Ribbon Week® is also when we honor DEA Special Agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena, who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities safe.”
Adds the NFP’s Peggy Sapp: “Take the Red Ribbon Week® pledge across America to help children grow up safe, healthy and drug free.” Visit www.redribbon.org/contest for contest information.
Check Out This Video About The Contest
About the NFP and Red Ribbon Week® The NFP was established in 1980, and is a national leader in drug prevention, education and advocacy. Its mission is to lead our nation’s families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug-free youth. Red Ribbon Week® is the nation’s largest and oldest drug prevention campaign, reaching 80 million people. NFP created the campaign in response to the 1985 abduction and murder of DEA agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena.
2017 National Red Ribbon Photo Contest Winners
Posted on 09/30/2012 @ 01:00 PM
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2017 National Red Ribbon Photo Contest. We received hundreds of entries and votes in support of your entries. The contest is an opportunity to involve families and schools in spreading the Red Ribbon Week message widely in neighborhoods, communities and on social media. We are delighted to celebrate the following families, schools and communities working together to promote healthy, drug free kids.
Congratulations to the 20 winners from around the country who received the most votes in each category and region.
School Decoration Winners
“This win is a perfect example to our students that when you put hard work and effort into all you do, good things can come from it. This year’s theme, ‘Your Future is Key so Stay Drug Free,’ started a great conversation with our students about their path in life. The theme was instrumental because I don’t think students in high school really get to see their future and how decisions made now can change their life in the future..”
The Red Ribbon contest allowed our students and faculty to come together to show their support for a drug free life. It is important to provide drug prevention education at an early age so that students understand the impact that drugs can have on an their overall well-being and on their future.”
“I have a family member who experienced drug addiction and I’ve seen firsthand how it affected his life. This is such a great program because it brings the whole community together for a common good. This contest allowed us to start an important dialogue about how important it is to stay drug free.”
“This is truly an honor as well as a reflection of the commitment our school has to the welfare of our children. I enjoyed seeing the entire school involved...children, faculty, parents and families. It is part of every school's obligation to educate the whole child and to provide them with the necessary strategies and skills to make wise choices and decisions.”
“The whole community responded. In one day, we had 2,000 visits from our school’s Facebook page. But, what I liked most about the contest was that my students were involved in it too. With the kids signing the board and voting every day, it reinforced the healthy lifestyle.”
“I think Red Ribbon Week helps unify the school because all grades are involved. The entire school gets together. The kids made keys, each with a different word about making good choices. Other students would pass by and say ‘look at that.’ It was a neat way to get students interested to learn more about it instead of just telling them to ‘just say no.’”
“We want all of our students to contribute to our community and be aware to say no to drugs and help each other out when they are in need of help. We were so happy to participate and it was truly a community-wide event as we spread the word on our school’s website, newsletters and social media. We intend to use the prize to help expand our programs, like Club STAND (Students Taking A New Direction) and EBCE (Experienced based Career Education).”
“It is much easier to be proactive and prevent issues instead of responding to a serious problem. We enjoyed seeing all the students sign the drug free pledge and wear red for the Red Ribbon Week photo.”
“The contest helped us talk to our students about drugs because it opened the door to have that conversation. I know some adults don’t mention it too much and just expect the students not to do drugs, but it’s something we do need to talk about to make sure they stay strong and make positive choices in their lives.”
“We are so excited and know how important this issue is. Programs like Red Ribbon Week help us teach kids about drug abuse prevention. I can’t really put into words the importance of having a drug free message. It can make or break a kid. Kids need someone to believe in them to encourage them to avoid drugs in the first place. It gives them an opportunity to be successful in life.”
“I don’t care where you are in the country, staying drug free is something we need to learn. It’s a national problem. These kids need to see more of these positive messages from programs like Red Ribbon Week. The photo contest pulled the school and the entire community together.”
“We’re a small city so it was so exciting to see everyone rally and come together around such a positive message of drug prevention. This served as the ultimate toolkit to help our kids say no to drugs.”
“I am thrilled that our school won. I am thankful to the parents, staff, and community members that made this happen. It was definitely a collaborative effort. Drug prevention is important because we know from research that prevention and early intervention reduces the impact of substance use later on in life.”
“Both students and adults at our school worked hard making the background for the photo and getting the word out to parents and community to vote for our Natural High club. Drug addiction reaches all walks of life and it is important to educate our students. Our prevention club spreads the word that the majority of students do not use any type of substance through social norming campaigns.”
Home Decoration Winners
“Our family looks forward to this contest each year. We still have our posters up from last year after my son, Gabriel, won the contest. This is truly a family affair. We believe it’s important to start having drug awareness conversations with our kids at a young age.”
“I could write a book on why drug prevention is so important. Addiction is really damaging. It wrecks lives. Not just the ones using, but everyone around them. My daughter had so much fun with this project. She loved doing the drawing and even more, she loved spreading the word.”
“Some of the neighborhood kids came over and we talked about Red Ribbon Week. I always say, ‘I hope you guys are making good decisions too.’ From what I’ve learned, every ten minutes someone in the US dies from a drug overdose. These students are our future workforce. They need to be productive in society. I don’t want them to become statistics.”
I was glad to help spread a good message. My kids and I talked about drugs as worked on the sign. It wasn’t our first discussion on the “don’t do drugs” topic, but doing stuff together and talking about that kind of thing opens up doors to future discussions and communications.”
“My daughter, Ruth is thrilled to have won. I liked the important message of just spreading awareness about drug prevention. My daughter will be busy making good use of the iPad”
“What I liked most about participating in the contest was getting everyone involved in doing a drug free contest and getting our family and their contacts to vote. It was a fun and educational experience for everyone.”
“This is our third year to participate and we are thrilled that we have a winner! It was wonderful to participate in a contest focusing on such an important topic. The indirect effects of drug abuse can be just as significant as the direct effects and if we can prevent them from ever beginning, we are saving not only them but their future families from both heartache and harm.”
“My brother died of a drug overdose and I think it’s really important to share a drug free message. Kids like active learning, not passive learning and Red Ribbon helps to do that. We make it fun but serious at the same time. We’re totally elated to have won."
"We are in a very small community and raising money for the students can be a challenge. The funds that will be generated from the contest will go to assist with Project Graduation for all of our high school students. This is a great message for them, that there are many other things to do on graduation night, other than using drugs or alcohol. ”
“We are super excited, especially for the school that’s in in need of extra funds. The contest was fun and with our community being small, everyone rallied around and got involved. We always try to promote being drug free and living a drug free life. Having Red Ribbon Week helps us to pump up the talk and keeps it ongoing.”
“I love Red Ribbon Week and we really liked the theme this year. We talked about what your future entails, how you become successful, what to do and what to avoid. It was fun. I’ve spoken to adults who remember participating in Red Ribbon activities as children. They remember it fondly. I believe it impacts young lives positively and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
“It's never too early to teach kids the importance of a healthy lifestyle. We are so grateful for the opportunity to further promote the message that being drug free is key to a great life!”
“I remember celebrating Red Ribbon Week twenty plus years ago. I just like that message that you don’t need to do certain things to be cool and it was great to have a national campaign going along with what I felt. In our home, we often talk about the things we should or shouldn’t do. Red Ribbon Week was hand-in-hand with what we already do, but in a fun and creative way.”
“I am so very excited to hear the news that our student has won. Drug prevention is important because our students are our future and they deserve to know the facts about how drugs can harm their brains and forever impact their lives. Students deserve to know that there are other choices in their lives that will lead them towards success and happiness.”