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Red Ribbon Week Activities for Parents

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Here are some ideas to make this year's Red Ribbon Week celebration the best yet!

  • Use Red Ribbon Week as an opportunity to continue talking to your kids about drugs. Let them know that alcohol and drug use will not be tolerated.
  • Work with the PTSA To Plan a School-Wide Red Ribbon Rally.
  • Enter the Red Ribbon Photo Contest for a chance to win an iPad for you and your family - and $1,000 for your child's school.
  • Encourage your kids and other students to take a stab at creating the 2024 National Red Ribbon Theme. Gain national recognition and $500 of Red Ribbon theme merchandise for your child's school. This year’s theme is “Life Is A Movie, Film Drug Free.™” submitted by Cheryl Holsapfel, Digital Art Teacher, and Devansh Aggarwal from Solon Middle School.
  • Use our social media tips to post Red Ribbon Week messages on your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
  • Watch Natural High’s free celebrity drug prevention videos with your child and use their discussion questions to have a conversation with them about drugs and alcohol.
  • Secure and take inventory of your medicine cabinet to prevent prescription drug abuse.
  • Write an article about the importance of Red Ribbon Week in your school's Parent Newsletter.
  • Contact a local governmental official about declaring October 23rd-31st Red Ribbon Week in your community.
  • Work with your teachers to plan fun celebration days during Red Ribbon Week, such as Wear Red Day, Put A Cap On Drugs (Hat Day), Put A Sock On Drugs Day, Be On A Drug Free Team Day (Wear Your Favorite Team Gear), Shade Out Drugs Day (Wear Sunglasses), etc. Encourage your friends to participate.
  • Bring Red Ribbons to your place of work.
  • Sign the Red Ribbon Pledge.
  • Organize a Miles of Quarters Campaign to support prevention.
  • Get to know the parents of your children's friends. Work together to set boundaries and monitor behavior.
  • Gather neighbors to discuss neighborhood watch concerning drug use among children in the neighborhood. Discuss plan to alert each other if any suspicious activity is observed. (Submitted by Christine)
  • Check out what other prevention organizations are offering to make your Red Ribbon Week the most impactful yet at
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