The National Family Partnership will hold its national contest for the 27th annual Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23 through 31.
The tradition of wearing red ribbons began in 1985 after the murder of DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, and ever since then, people across the country have worn red ribbons to raise awareness of the destruction caused by drugs. Red Ribbon week is now the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country which reaches more than 80 million people nation wide.
This year, families can enter a contest to promote drug awareness in their neighborhoods. Participants will also have the opportunity to win an iPad and a $1,000 drug prevention grant for their local school.
To enter, families and students should decorate the front of their home, mailboxes and fences with the message, "The Best Me is Drug Free." Photos of decorations should be uploaded to www.redribbon.org/contest or www.facebook.com/RedRibbonWeek by Nov. 2.
"Students will once again take Red Ribbon Week's message of prevention home to their neighbors with this national contest," said 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 goal of this year's Red Ribbon Week is to encourage families to talk about prevention.
Voting for the Red Ribbon Week decorating contest will be held from Nov. 2 through Nov. 16. Participants can encourage their family members, friends and community members to vote online at www.redribbon.org/vote. Ten winners will be selected from across the country, and the winners will be announced at events at the winning schools in December.
The DEA is co-sponsoring this year's contest.
"DEA is excited to partner with the National Family Partnership on this contest that empowers communities to come together to talk about the drug problem," said Michael M. Leonhart, DEA administrator. "Red Ribbon Week is also when we honor DEA Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities safe."
For more information about this year's Red Ribbon Week contest, visit www.redribbon.org/contest.