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Schools encouraged to name Red Ribbon Week

The National Family Partnership (NFP) announced its annual call-for-entries for the new theme of next year’s Red Ribbon Week.

“The winner will receive national acclaim and recognition,” said Peggy Sapp, NFP’s volunteer president. “The winning slogan and design will be used throughout 2014 at thousands of schools and communities across America.” 

In its 29th year as the nation’s largest and oldest drug prevention campaign, Red Ribbon Week reaches 80 million people each year throughout the United States. The winner will receive $500 worth of Red Ribbon Week 2014 merchandise for their K-12 school.

Entries must be received by Dec. 2 via email to (or via mail to National Family Partnership, 2490 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33145).  Please include your name, school, telephone number and email address.

Contest rules and full details are available at

Red Ribbon Week is celebrated in schools across America, with large banners and signs hung from marquees and fences. Your theme and design should work within this context.

Themes should be brief and as catchy as possible. (The theme for this year is “A Healthy Me is Drug Free.” The theme for 2012 was “The Best Me Is Drug Free,” 2011’s theme was “It’s Up To Me To Be Drug Free,” the theme for 2010 was “I Am Drug Free: Choices = Consequences.” 

Other recent annual slogans include “100% Me Drug Free,” “Look At Me I’m Drug Free” and “Drug Free Is The Key.” 

While the red ribbon should be prominently featured in the design, it is not required. Please refer to the red ribbon logo at

And last, don’t be afraid to use other colors (in addition to red) in your entry. Please note that using the words “Drug Free” is not required.

The winner will be recognized at the 2014 Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) Annual Leadership Forum (which brings together more than 2,500 participants representing community anti-drug coalitions from across the country, the media, government leaders, addiction treatment professionals, researchers, educators, law enforcement, and faith-based leaders). 

The winning slogan will also be recognized via Red Ribbon Week’s national media relations and social media campaigns. Winners will be announced on Feb. 17.

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