Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.

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Red Ribbon Week Ideas For Parents

Here are some ideas to make this year's Red Ribbon Week celebration the best yet!

  • Use Red Ribbon Week as an opportunity to continue talking to your kids about drugs. Let them know that alcohol and drug use will not be tolerated.
  • Work with the PTSA To Plan a School-Wide Red Ribbon Rally.
  • Enter the Red Ribbon Photo Contest for a chance to win an iPad for you and your family - and $1,000 for your child's school.
  • Encourage your kids and other students to take a stab at creating the 2021 National Red Ribbon Theme. Gain national recognition and $500 of Red Ribbon theme merchandise for your child's school. This year's theme was created by Tricia Nelson at Locust Corner Elementary School in Cincinnati.
  • Use our social media tips to post Red Ribbon Week messages on your Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  • Watch Natural High’s free celebrity drug prevention videos with your child and use their discussion questions to have a conversation with them about drugs and alcohol.
  • Secure and take inventory of your medicine cabinet to prevent prescription drug abuse.
  • Write an article about the importance of Red Ribbon Week in your school's Parent Newsletter.
  • Contact a local governmental official about declaring October 23rd-31st Red Ribbon Week in your community.
  • Work with your teachers to plan fun celebration days during Red Ribbon Week, such as Wear Red Day, Put A Cap On Drugs (Hat Day), Put A Sock On Drugs Day, Be On A Drug Free Team Day (Wear Your Favorite Team Gear), Shade Out Drugs Day (Wear Sunglasses), etc. Encourage your friends to participate.
  • Bring Red Ribbons to your place of work.
  • Sign the Red Ribbon Pledge.
  • Organize a Miles of Quarters Campaign to support prevention.
  • Get to know the parents of your children's friends. Work together to set boundaries and monitor behavior.
  • Gather neighbors to discuss neighborhood watch concerning drug use among children in the neighborhood. Discuss plan to alert each other if any suspicious activity is observed. (Submitted by Christine)
  • Check out what other prevention organizations are offering to make your Red Ribbon Week the most impactful yet at
  • Insert Your Best Idea Here. Add suggestions to the comment section below. We'll filter out the best and add them to this list!

Want More? Download The 2020 Red Ribbon Planning Guide



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