The 27th Red Ribbon Week is October 23-31. Red Ribbon Week is the oldest & largest drug prevention campaign in the country. It is also a time to speak with your children about drug use and the nasty effects of drug abuse.
The Story Behind Red Ribbon Week:
In 1985 after the murder of a DEA agent Enrique Camarena, parents, youth and teachers in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the destruction caused by drugs.
This year, families can get involved by entering a contest to promote awareness in their neighborhoods and win a drug prevention grant for their schools.
Families can enter Red Ribbon Week’s® contest to win a $1,000 grant for their school and a new iPad for their home.
How You & Your Family can Particpate
For the Red Photo Ribbon contest families and students will decorate the front of their homes with this year’s message:
“The Best Me Is Drug FreeTM.”
Studies show that substance abuse risks lessen when parents talk to their children about the dangers of drugs, and that is the goal of this year’s contest: to encourage families to talk about prevention.
Here’s how students and their families can enter to win $1,000 for their K-12 school and a new iPad:
- 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 their Red Ribbon Week® decoration, then upload to www.redribbon.org/contest or www.facebook.com/RedRibbonWeek by Nov. 2 (must be parents or 18+ to upload photos).
- The voting begins! Ask 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.
We hope you will enter the National Red Ribbon Photo Contest not only can you win prizes but you start a conversation within your community about drug prevention.