The National Family Partnership (NFP) announced today that voting for its national contest for the 27th Annual Red Ribbon Week has begun.
The online voting period was extended by a week to Nov. 10-24, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. In 1985 after the murder of a DEA agent, parents, youth and teachers in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the destruction caused by drugs. This year, families can get involved by entering a contest to promote awareness in their neighborhoods and win a drug prevention grant for their schools. The odds of winning are good because families can generate their own online votes from friends, colleagues, schoolmates and family members (and the entries with the most votes win).
To participate in the contest families and students decorated the front of their homes with this year's message: "The Best Me Is Drug FreeTM." They entered by taking a photo with the family and their Red Ribbon Week® decoration, uploading it by Nov. 9 to www.redribbon.org/contest
Now, family and friends can vote for their favorite entry at www.redribbon.org/vote. Ten lucky winners from regions across the U.S. will win. Winners will be announced at events at their winning schools in December.