The Best Me Is Drug Free

The National Family Partnership (NFP) announced the national contest for its 27th annual Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31. Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. In 1988 after the murder of a DEA agent, 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 homes. To participate in the contest families and students will decorate the front of their homes with this year’s message: “The Best Me Is Drug Free.”

Here’s how students and their families can enter to win $1,000 for their K-12 school and a new iPad:

1.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™.”

2.Take a photo with the family and their Red Ribbon Week® decoration, then upload to or by Nov. 2 (must be parents or 18+ to upload photos).

3.The voting begins! Ask family and friends to vote for your entry at  Nov. 2-16. Ten lucky winners from regions across theU.S. will win. Winners will be announced at events at their winning schools in December.

Adds the NFP’s Peggy Sapp: “Take the Red Ribbon Week® pledge across Americato help children grow up safe, healthy and drug free.”  Visit for contest information.


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