Students to bring home Red Ribbon Week message

Derik Vanderford Staff Writer

October 4, 2013

The 28th annual Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 23-31, and the National Family Partnership has launched a month-long national contest in which 10 families across America will win $1,000 for their school and an iPad for their home.

How To Enter

1. Students bring the Red Ribbon Week message home by working alongside parents to decorate their front door, mailbox or fence with a red ribbon and this year’s theme “A Healthy Me Is Drug Free.”

2. Take a photo with the family and your Red Ribbon Week decoration, then upload to redribbon.org/contest by Nov. 4 (must be 18+ to upload your photos).

3. The voting begins! Ask your family and friends to vote for your entry at redribbon.org/vote Nov. 5-19.

Ten lucky winners from regions across the U.S. will win. Winners will be announced at redribbon.org on Dec. 6 and recognized at winning schools throughout 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 DEA will co-sponsor 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.”

“Take the Red Ribbon Week pledge across America to help children grow up safe, healthy and drug free,” Sapp added.

Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention campaign, reaching more than 80 million people nationwide through awareness, advocacy and resources. Visit redribbon.org/contest for contest information.

The NFP was established in 1980 and is a national leader in drug prevention, education and advocacy. Its mission is to lead the nation’s families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug-free youth. NFP created the campaign in response to the 1985 abduction and murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.