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Contest set for Red Ribbon Week

October 16, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

The National Family Partnership has announced its Red Ribbon Week contest to provide 10 schools with $1,000 grants and 10 families with new iPads for their homes.

To participate, families are asked to decorate their homes in accordance with this year's theme, "The Best Me is Drug-Free," then take a photo of themselves in front of their home and have parents upload it to or by Nov. 2. Voting will be held at Nov. 2-16, and the winners will be announced in December.

"Students will once again take Red Ribbon Week's message of prevention home to their neighborhoods with this national contest," said Peggy Sapp, volunteer president. "By decorating their homes together with this year's Red Ribbon theme, families carry the message to their communities."

Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country, reaching more than 80 million. It began in 1985 after the murder of an Drug Enforcement Agency agent and people in communities across the country began wearing red ribbons to raise awareness of the destruction caused by drugs.

The DEA is co-sponsoring the contest in partnership with the National Family Partnership.

"DEA is excited to partner with the National FAmily Partnership on this contest that empowers communities to come together to talk about the drug problem," said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. "Red Ribbon Week is also when we honor DEA Special Agent Enrique 'Kiki' Camarena, who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities safe."

Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 23-31.

For information about the contest, visit

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