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National Red Ribbon Week contest under way

by jmaloni
Fri, Oct 26th 2012 08:00 pm

The National Family Partnership has announced the national contest for its 27th annual Red Ribbon Week, which began Oct. 23, continues to Oct. 31. Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country.

In 1985 following the murder of a Drug Enforcement Agency member, 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 the contest to promote awareness in their neighborhoods and win a drug prevention grant for their schools. It's easy to win as families can generate their own online votes from friends, colleagues and family members (and the entries with the most votes win).

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." Students and their families can enter to win $1,000 for their local K-12 school and a new iPad for their home:

•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

•Take a photo with a Red Ribbon Week decoration, then upload by Nov. 2 tohttp://www.redribbon.org/contest or http://www.facebook.com/RedRibbonWeek.

•The voting begins! Ask family and friends to vote for your entry athttp://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.

"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 nation's oldest and largest drug prevention campaign reaches more than 80 million people nationwide. The DEA is co-sponsoring this year's contest.

Visithttp://www.redribbon.org/contest for contest information.


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