Drug Prevention: How To Celebrate Red Ribbon Week


Who doesn't love the color red? I love the color red. In fact, it's my favorite! I have red shoes, a red toothbrush, red plates, etc. I can't get enough of it! I have loved red since I was a little kid. I remember how when I was in elementary school the halls, classrooms, cafeterias, and chain link fences all turned red in October for Red Ribbon Week. Suddenly, school became so much better!

The color red represents bravery, strength, power, determination, love, and passion. During Red Ribbon week when my school turned red, I felt empowered, stronger, and more confident.

This week is the 27th annual Red Ribbon Week. It is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. The campaign started in 1985 and has since been supported by parents, youth, and teachers in communities across the country. The Red Ribbon is a symbol of your 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 neighborhood. Ten families will win a $1,000 drug prevention grant for their school and a new iPad for their home. To enter, students must bring the Red Ribbon Week message home by working alongside their parents to decorate their front door, mailbox, fence, etc. with this year’s theme: The Best Me Is Drug Free.

Photograph your Red Ribbon Week home makeover and upload your pic to or by November 2nd. You can vote for your favorite picture November 2-16, and the picture with the most votes wins.

How will you celebrate Red Ribbon Week this year?

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Brooke Johnson


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