Each October, teachers, administrators, parent associations, community leaders, and student councils join together to teach children of all ages about the harmful effects of drugs. Red Ribbon Week is an honored tradition celebrated across the nation in schools and community programs to demonstrate the positive impact a healthy drug-free lifestyle can have on the future. The event is also a time to highlight the benefits of good character, respect towards peers, and thoughtful decisions.

Positive Promotions stands behind the mission of Red Ribbon Week. We are honored to show our support by sponsoring an annual contest to recognize those schools and communities that celebrate the initiative in creative ways. Out of countless entries that all deserve praise, the winners of our 2013 Red Ribbon Week contest have been selected and are presented here. Through acclaim of the remarkable educational and awareness efforts presented by the winning schools, along with the celebration ideas that we’ve gathered from across the country, we hope to inspire participation during Red Ribbon Week 2014 in equally outstanding ways.

  • Grand Prize
  • Southside Elementary Museums Magnet School—Miami, Florida

Youngsters enjoyed a variety of exciting and educational activities during Red Ribbon Week. Doctors came to the school to talk to kindergarten and first-grade students about how to grow up healthy; representatives from the Miami-Dade Juvenile Services Department spoke to second, third, and fifth graders about how to succeed by choosing not to use drugs, alcohol, and tobacco; and an officer from the Drug Enforcement Agency brought in drug-sniffing dogs and spoke to fourth-grade students. The presentations were held in the school’s gym and cafeteria, which were decorated with Positive Promotions’ “Show Good Character By Being Drug Free” Giant Red Ribbon-Shaped Satin Banner and “I Want You To Be Drug Free” Laminated Poster. But the most exciting event of the week was the “Say ‘Boo’ To Drugs Parade,” a Halloween celebration. Students wore costumes to school and went trick-or-treating at local businesses. They used Positive Promotions’ “Say ‘Boo!’ To Drugs” Reflective Halloween Bags to collect candy, pencils, coloring books, and other goodies the businesses distributed.

  • Second Place
  • Walnut Elementary Education Center—Turlock, California

Students, teachers, and staff showed that they’ve got better things to do than drugs by filling their Red Ribbon Week with fun, engaging activities. The week started off with the theme “Be A Sport” and a special guest who was the MVP for the College Baseball World Series spoke to children. Students wore red sports jerseys and signed a pledge to stay drug free. Each student who signed received an “I Pledge To Be Drug Free” Sticker. The next day, students agreed they’d “Walk Out On Drugs” and wore mismatched shoes and socks. On Wednesday and Thursday students said they’d support their friends to make good choices on “Twin Day” and that they’d “Put A Cap On Drugs.” On those days, friends wore the same outfits and also donned silly hats. On Thursday, teachers received “I’ve Got Better Things To Do Than Drugs” Bookmarks. The week culminated with a patriotic theme, “United We Stand In A Drug-Free Land,” and students wore red, white, and blue clothes. Throughout the week, drawings were held and children received various Positive Promotions’ products, from Silicone Bracelets to Water Bottles.

  • Third Place
  • Allen High School—Allen, Texas

Almost 6,000 students participated in Allen High School’s Red Ribbon Week activities and learned the importance of staying drug free. The school was decorated with Banners and other items that advocate a drug-free life. Theme days were celebrated all week. On “Merica Monday…United We Stand In A Drug-Free Land,” everyone wore red, white, and blue; Tuesday was “Team Up Against Drugs!” and sports jerseys and T-shirts were worn; Wednesday was “Camouflage Day…Drugs Can’t Find Us!,” when students dressed in black or camouflage; Thursday was “Decade Day…Drugs Are OLD News!”; and Friday was “Red Spirit Day…We Are RED-Y to Fight the War on Drugs!,” when everyone dressed in red “Allen Eagle” clothes. Students posted pictures of themselves on Instagram with the hashtag #AHSRRW13 and they created commercials that aired on the school announcements that reminded students of the week’s activities and the message of Red Ribbon Week. A local towing company placed a totaled car outside of the school entrance and alcohol-related facts were written on the sidewalk in chalk. Lollipops, Pencils, Stickers, and Silicone Bracelets from Positive Promotions were given to students throughout the week.

  • Honorable Mention
  • Albion Elementary—North Royalton, Ohio

Students enjoyed a week of Red Ribbon-related fun that focused on the theme “Show Good Character By Being Drug Free.” Monday morning, they received Ribbons to wear all week. Each Ribbon had a number on the back and, throughout the week, numbers were called over the announcements. Students with the corresponding numbers received Positive Promotions’ Bookmarks and Lollipops. An “open mic” assembly was held and fourth graders were encouraged to perform their own song and read a poem about making healthy choices. Those who participated in the assembly were given Backpacks. Twice during the week, the school counselor joined students in the cafeteria and had them say into a microphone what they’d rather do than drugs. Students also decorated classroom doors and enjoyed at least one red food option each day at lunch.

Red Ribbon Week Celebration Ideas!
4 Become 1

As a school community, Goliad Elementary and Intermediate Schools joined together to celebrate Red Ribbon Week and show a unified front against drugs.They showed their "Drug Free Tiger Spirit" at their annual Red Ribbon Parade. The parade made an entrance into the downtown historic area with our "Celebrate Red Ribbon Week Not Just For A Week But For Life" 6' x 4' Vinyl Banner (BN-428) Each grade level had a parade entry to enhance their theme "Life Is A Journey Drug Free." The parade came to an end with a community-wide pep rally to show that being drug-free affects the whole community.

Seeing SPOTS

Arcanium High School in Ohio brought Red Ribbon Week to the parking lot. Throughout the week, students unknowingly were participating in an activity called "Seeing Spots." Spots stand for "So Put on the Seatbelt." Throughout the week, brightly colored spots adorned the walls of the school with no explanation to students as they accumulated. To conclude Red Ribbon Week, the local police and SADD Club members conducted seat belt checks as students left the parking lot. Those not wearing seat belts received Dum Dum lollipops but those making the smart choice to wear their seat belt received Smarties candy from the "Smarties" Theme Kit (VP-5306).

Bully Patrol

LaFayette Township School in New Jersey believes it's important for students to learn to speak up for their peers. That is why they created a "Bully Patrol." A select group of students monitored bullying during recess. This group assumed the responsibility students have towards each other to treat everyone with respect by making sure their peers were not being teased, left out, or shown disrespect in any way. Start a "Bully Patrol" in your school to remind kids to take part in the effort to turn their peers away from bullying and drugs. Outfit students during recess with our "Friends Don't Let Friends Bully Or Do Drugs" T-Shirt (SH-9187 Youth - SH-9192 Adult) Our "Friends Don't Let Friends Bully or Do Drugs" Theme Kit (NT-3690) is a great resource for rewarding students who are "caught" being a friend to their peers.

Link Together

In Utah at Hillside Middle School, students "Linked Together Against Drugs." Students signed pledges to make smart choices, live drug-free, and show good character on long strips of paper, which were then intertwined and hung. By hanging their pledges in the lunchroom, students were reminded of their responsibility to make smart choices for themselves and in how they interact with their peers during a time throughout the school day that has less structure and guidance from teachers and staff. To take this event a step further, reward students showing good character at random with ribbons, pencils, and silicone bracelets from our "Show Good Character By Being Drug Free!" Theme Kit (NT-1260).

Drugs are Out of Bounds

Students at the St. Monica Academy in Illinois took to the court to say, "Slam Dunk Drugs Are Junk." Students were invited to some healthy competition with a free throw basketball contest. This contest highlighted a healthy alternative for release when faced with stressful situations over doing drugs. Reward students who participate in basketball related competitions with our "Shoot For the Stars Stay Drug Free!" Basketball (IOS-850V).

Good Character Reigns

At the Belle Chasse Academy in Louisiana, they stand by the six pillars of character every day: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. This year, teachers were invited to nominate students in their class who exemplified these six pillars in their actions on a regular basis to win the title King and Queen of Character. Student being nominated were not informed of their nomination and were surprised with their new title when winners were announced at a concluding Red Ribbon Week ceremony. Award students with a "Show Good Character By Being Drug-Free!" Two-Sided Drawstring Backpack (BP-405.)

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman!

Everyone wants to be invincible, but drug use is a sure way to make oneself vulnerable. Salem R80 Junior High in Missouri hosted a "Drugs Kill Our Superpowers" theme day to highlight the way drugs expose us to dangerous situations. Students were invited to dress up as their favorite superhero. Remind students that their minds and bodies are strongest drug-free with our "I Believe in Me Drug Free!" self-stick satin ribbon (STK748P). It is the perfect accessory to any superhero costume!

Forward March!

At Whitmore Lake High School in Missouri, a drill sergeant from a local military academy visited the students. As a lesson on leadership, the drill sergeant taught students a military march. To make the march their own, students created their own unique military chant to recite. A fun way to add competition to this lesson in leadership would be to host a chant writing activity. Invite students to write their own chant on good character. Choose one winner from each class to recite during the military march. Give each participating student a "Be A HERO" Tag with Chain (NT-2415A or NT-2415B) and reward the winning student with a "Be A HERO" Camouflage T-Shirt (shown on right) to wear as they lead their classes military march.

Door Decorating IDEAS
Submitted by Customers Like You:
  • "Spot Me Being Drug Free": Students decorated the door in catchy
    colorful polka dots.
  • "Call on Me to Be Drug Free": A large cell phone covered the door with the each student's picture.
  • "I Tune Out Drugs": An iPod and quarter notes with each student's picture in it decorated the door.
  • "We Don't Hang Around Drugs": Drugs are no monkey business. Students decorated the door with monkeys hanging from a large tree.
  • "There's a Galaxy of Reasons Not to Do Drugs": This door design went intergalactic with a large display of the Milky Way.
Both employees and patients at Delaney Radiologists decorated pumpkins with breast cancer awareness themes.
Enter 2014 Red Ribbon Week Contest
Grand Prize: $300 Second Prize: $200; Third Prize: $100
To enter, submit a typed description detailing specific activities you held and how Positive Promotions’ products were used. Entries are judged on originality, the extent of school and community involvement, the quality of the entry presentation, and the creative use of products. Special stories about how your event or Positive Promotions products made an impact on your students, your staff, and your community are especially effective. Please include color photos of your activities and additional materials you used, but there is no need to send us our own products back. The deadline for entry is December 15, 2014. Check out our Red Ribbon products.