Celebrate Red Ribbon Week

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What is Red Ribbon Week?

Take the Red Ribbon Week Pledge

Get Involved - Youth 

Get Involved - Parents and Caregivers 

Enter the Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest 

2020 Poster Contest Winners

2019 Poster Contest Winners

2018 Poster Contest Winners

Additional Resources  

    What is Red Ribbon Week?

    Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention awareness campaign celebrated every year in October. It is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. This year's theme is: “Drug Free Looks Like Me.” 

    Drug Free Looks Like Me

    Take the Red Ribbon Week Pledge 

    Each year, youth and adults across the country take the Red Ribbon Week pledge to stand up against substance use. Take the pledge today - and encourage friends and family to do the same - to continue to help make our community drug-free.

It takes a community to prevent substance use and abuse. How will you celebrate Red Ribbon Week? Learn about more ways for youth and adults to get involved this month.                                                                                                                                                    

 Get Involved - Youth  

Enter the Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest

Do you want to be next year's Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest winner?  Three winners will receive a $100 gift card and have their poster featured in Red Ribbon Week 2021! 

Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest Rules

  • Entrants must be students in Alexandria City Public Schools.
  • There are three contest categories: elementary, middle and high school.
  • Poster should include a message that promotes a drug-free lifestyle. You may come up with your own theme. 
  • Free hand, multi-media, computer generated/assisted designs, markers, or crayons may be used in the design of the poster.  Scan photo, full color 300 dpi, or take a hi-res photo of it with phone or camera in good light.
  • Posters are judged on artistic presentation and strength of message. Please include a short paragraph description of your poster theme/message. 
  • Include student’s full name, age, school, poster theme and message description, phone number and email.
  • All posters must be turned in and postmarked by November 15, 2021 to:  

    Ms. Daniela Perez-Bravo
    The Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Center  
    1340 Braddock Place, 5th Floor
    Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Parent or legal guardian must submit the entry on student’s behalf. By submitting an entry, you have confirmed that ACPS/FACE and its partners have permission to reproduce the images and post on social media or other communication channel. 

 Get Involved - Parents and Caregivers 

  • Stay informed - learn the latest facts about alcohol, marijuana, e-cigarettes, and prescription and over-the-counter medication.
  • Though it might not seem like it, children and teens hear you when you talk to them about alcohol. Get tips for talking with your family early and often about the dangers of substance use and abuse. 
  • Having a plan to resist peer pressure can help children and teens make healthy choices. Learn about resources to help youth understand and respond to peer pressure if they are offered alcohol or other drugs.  
  • Some people try to use substances, such as alcohol, to deal with physical or emotional pain, but research has shown that it can make pain worse. Explore City resources available to help those dealing with pain.

2020 Poster Contest Winners

Elementary School Winner: Zeynab Talibova, 5th grade, from Ferdinand T. Day Elementary School 

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Middle School Winner: Bushra Sidiqui, 6th grade, Francis C. Hammond Middle School

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High School Winner: Caitlin Feeheely, 10th grade, Alexandria City High School

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2019 Poster Contest Winners

Elementary School Winner: Allison Benitez, age 8, from  Ferdinand T. Day Elementary School

"In my perfect world we can all be heroes and save each other from drugs! Drugs can make you like a villain or a person that you are not. They make you sick and can even kill you. Let's use our powers to support each other and keep clean from this poison."

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Middle school winner: Sarah McBurney, age 13, from  George Washington Middle School

"For my poster I wanted to not only tell people not to do drugs, but also encourage them to be kind instead. The poster includes many facts about both drugs and also being nice, as well as a picture of two kids. The one on the left is colored with warm, bright colors to show happiness while she plays with her cat and the one on the right is colored with dark colors to show sadness and is sitting next to an e-cigarette. The picture visually shows the message that being kind and caring will make you happy and drugs can't replicate that."

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High school winner: Caitlin Feehely, age 14, T.C. Williams High School - Minnie Howard  Campus

"My message behind my poster is this girl has been doing drugs, but doesn't know how to stop. She is messaging her friends to not fall into the cycle of drugs like she did.

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2018 Poster Contest Winners 

Elementary School Winner: Kate Jimenez, age 9, Patrick Henry K-8 School

"This is my journey to a drug free world. For as long as we focus on love for family, get active and have fun with sports and study to graduate and become a professional, we will achieve our dreams. Stay drug free and be happy like me!"

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Middle School Winner: Geremias Ayala Chicas, age 12, George Washington Middle School

"The person is trying to get back to how he used to be but drugs are trying to prevent it. For this person, it's hard to get out of drugs and return to how good he used to be. This is why you shouldn't do drugs. Because it's really hard to get out of drug addiction."

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High School Winner: Brendan Huber-Wilker, age 18, T.C. Williams High School

"I chose my design in hopes of inspiring others to gaze upon the vast expanse of the night sky and remember what it means to follow their dreams. The poster's design serves as a message to travel life to its fullest extent and that if one does drugs, this journey can never be realized. The silhouette standing atop the mountain is a symbol for those appreciating the beauty of the world around them and enjoying their life to its "peak" because they chose to be drug free.”

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Additional Resources

Learn more about our Red Ribbon Week partners:

To learn more about the Red Ribbon Week national campaign and how you can get involved, visit  redribbon.org

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