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Celebrate Red Ribbon Week Virtually

Posted by Informed Families on October 30, 2020 at 8:00 AM

The coronavirus pandemic can’t stop something as important as Red Ribbon Week. This is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people during the nine-day celebration, held from October 23-31 each year.

Here are some suggestions on ways you can keep the fight against alcohol and drug abuse front and center this week.


Talk to your kids

Talk to your children about the dangers of illicit drugs and alcohol. Help them understand the reasons to make informed decisions when confronted with the challenges of peer pressure and the choice of risks vs. rewards.


Get them involved

Kids love crafts, so have them make decorations or crafts with red ribbons: wands, pinwheels, posters, etc.


Take it on the road

Organize a car caravan “cruise by” with participating vehicles sporting red ribbons, signs, and slogans to get the message out.


Spread the word

Create and share flyers, fact sheets, Red Ribbon Week events, and other materials with community coalitions, libraries, churches and synagogues, gymnasiums, grocery stores, health clinics, and other public areas to get the word out.


Take it online

Post Red Ribbon Week fact cards, available for free from the Red Ribbon campaign, on your social media platforms to inform your digital community about the purpose of the celebration.


Piggyback the celebrations

Red Ribbon Week not only continues all week, but its conclusion coincides with Halloween this Saturday. So combine the two by having students dress up in Red Ribbon Week-related costumes, whether in the classroom or for Zoom lessons. And don’t forget the Red Ribbon Week Mask Challenge. Wear a Red Ribbon-themed mask and post a photo on Twitter and Facebook for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

Image: McKelvie School, Bedford NH


Topics: red ribbon, red ribbon week, red ribbon theme, redribbonfridays, red ribbon activities

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We teach people how to say no to drugs and how to make healthy choices. To reduce the demand for drugs, Informed Families has focused its efforts on educating and mobilizing the community, parents and young people in order to change attitudes. In this way we counteract the pressures in society that condone and promote drug and alcohol use and abuse. The organization educates thousands of families annually about how to stay drug and alcohol free through networking and a variety of programs and services .

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