Red Ribbon Week is celebrated October 23 – 31, 2015 with the theme “Respect Yourself – Be Drug Free.” The Red Ribbon Campaign is “the oldest and largest drug prevention program” which started in the 1980s, and this year it is estimated that 80 million people will participant in Red Ribbon Week activities. While it originally started out as a campaign against drugs, Red Ribbon Week has evolved as a means to change behavior of our youth and have them remain free of all drugs, including tobacco.
For the past five years the Red Ribbon Campaign has offered an annual photo contest as a “fun and creative way for parents and schools to educate children about the dangers of drug use while they decorate their homes and schools using this year’s theme,” shown above. Entries are accepted through November 3, with winners announced December 4. For more information on rules and entries, click HERE. Beginning November 4, friends and family can vote for their favorite entry.
According to the Red Ribbon Campaign site, talking to your children about drugs can reduce the likelihood of them using drugs by 42%. Setting rules about not using drugs, including tobacco, and monitoring your child’s behavior will reduce their risk.
And if you need a smile for the day, meet Johanna Colón, the 2015 National Red Ribbon Week Youth Ambassador who shows everyone what respect is all about. Respecting yourself and doing what you know is right, like remaining drug free, will help you succeed in life.
Click HERE for more information on Red Ribbon Week