Red Ribbon Week - October 23 - 31

2012 Theme - The Best Me is Drug Free

National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign: 

Great Low Cost Red Ribbon Week Ideas collected from Coalitions Across Tennessee and Around the Country 
  • automobile dealers to fly red balloons and park their red cars in the front
  • dress shops to put red dresses in their windows
  • restaurants to use red table cloths and/or napkins
  • people to tie red ribbons on their mailboxes and street signs
  • groceries to have employees wear red shirts or provide red ribbons for them
  • newscasters to wear red ribbons on air
  • service clubs/organizations to purchase the Red Ribbons to give students, staff and town employees 
  • McGruff the Crime Dog to welcome the kids to school or see them off to home. Lunchtime or recess is also a possibility. Make sure he wears a red ribbon!
Use week to:
  • kick off social norms campaign for the school year
    • involve students in their campaign
    • sign student pledges
    • provide content for parent newsletters
  • suggest alcohol/drug abuse curriculum ideas (that can be carried out anytime during the year)
    • quilt wall - anonymous wall with personal stories or inspirations for staying drug free
    • "Plant the Promise" - plant red tulips (order bulbs early!)
    • recruit volunteers to participate in Big Bowl questionnaire to learn which advertisements appeal to youth
  • drug brief for staff
    • community specific issues
    • data on students
  • Have students sign Red Ribbon Week Pledge (view or download below)
Useful Links:

National Drug Facts Week  is January 28 - February 3, 2013

Parent's Pledge

  • I will talk to my children about the dangers of drug abuse.
  • I will set clear rules for my children about not using drugs.
  • I will set a good example for my children by not using illegal drugs or medicine without a prescription or abusing prescription drugs.
  • I will monitor my children's behavior and enforce appropriate consequences, so that family rules are respected.
  • I will encourage family and friends to follow the same guidelines to keep children safe from substance abuse.
  • I pledge to set guidelines to help children grow up safe, healthy and drug- free.
SCAD Coalition,
Sep 7, 2011, 6:59 PM