Nurturing Full Potential

  1. MEET THE 2017 RED RIBBON THEME WINNER

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    We recently announced the 2017 National Red Ribbon Theme, Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free™. Now, we are proud to announce the winner of the theme contest: Iris Yu, a student at Solon Middle School in Solon, Ohio.

    The school will receive national recognition and $500 in Red Ribbon Theme merchandise from Nimco, Inc. In addition to the attention she is receiving from her school community, Iris is receiving a great deal of support from her family.

    “Our whole family is very excited and proud of Iris, especially her little brother,” said Wei Yu, Iris’ mom. “This topic is important to me as it’s important to everyone. Aside from all the social problems caused by drug abuse, as a parent, it’s just heartbreaking to see kids being victimized by drugs [when] they could have a bright future.”

    Iris, who entered along with hundreds of classmates thanks to the dedication of her media arts teacher Cheryl Holsapfel, didn’t think she was going to win but had a good time trying.

    “I [had] fun trying to think of various slogans,” said Iris. “I think that drug prevention is important because [drug use] has been popularized by pop culture and the media. I came up with the theme by first considering what doing drugs would affect, and the obvious answer to me was your future. The rest of the words kind of just fell into place afterwards.”

    Holsapfel participates each year in the contest as a way to talk with her students about drugs. All of her students enter the contest and have done so for the past few years. Holsapfel’s intended message clearly got through to Iris.

    “Drugs not only affect your brain, but your future as well,” said Iris. “You don’t get a second future. It’s why you do a lot of the things you do…in hopes of having a good future.”

    To Iris’ mom, her daughter’s message for her peers across America is clear.

    “There are so many beautiful places you could go. There are unlimited possibilities for you to explore. So don’t let drugs ruin it.”

    Stay tuned for the release of the 2017 Red Ribbon Planning Guide and other wonderful materials available at www.redribbon.org/downloads.

  2. 2017 Theme Announcement!

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    We are so excited we can hardly contain ourselves. It’s our pleasure to announce the 2017 National Red Ribbon Week theme: Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free™.

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    The theme was created by a student at Solon Middle School in Solon, Ohio.

    The school plans to recognize the student on Friday, February 24th, at which point we’ll announce the name of the winner. We don’t want to spoil the surprise!

    The school will receive national recognition and $500 in Red Ribbon Theme merchandise from Nimco, Inc.

    Stay tuned for the release of the 2017 Red Ribbon Planning Guide and other wonderful materials.

     

  3. New Red Ribbon Week Curriculum Ideas

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    Looking for Red Ribbon Week classroom activities?

    We’ve got you covered! Check out our new Red Ribbon Week curriculum ideas for all grade levels at www.redribbon.org/curriculum.

    Remember, Red Ribbon Week is an awareness campaign and it is also truly wonderful opportunity to introduce research based prevention activities in your classroom and school.

    Red Ribbon Week curriculum resources include:

    Interactive Activities for grades K-12, including videos, lesson plans and more

    Art & Drama ideas

    Health & Science activities

    History & Social Studies projects

    Language Arts activities

    Math activities and more!

    We hope you enjoy the list of ideas we’ve compiled. We encourage you to reach out to us if you have additional activity ideas to suggest!

    2016 YOLO. Be Drug Free.

  4. Guest Blog: The True Meaning Of This Year’s Red Ribbon Week Theme: YOLO. Be Drug Free.®

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    By Guest Blogger: Brian Green, Prevention Educator Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio

    2016 YOLO. Be Drug Free.For decades, phrases such as “one lives but once in the world,” and “carpe diem,” or “seize the day,” have encouraged people that life should be enjoyed because they will never again have a chance. Today, we have “YOLO,” or “you only live once.” Though not a new concept, the phrase has grown in popularity in recent years, particularly because of its association with music and popular culture.

    For some individuals, “YOLO” has become an excuse to believe that “because we only live once, we should pursue a high-risk lifestyle of drinking and drug use.” However, these individuals are part of a minority of youth who think this way.

    In American popular culture, drinking and drug use are often portrayed as a norm, where in reality they are not. Similarly, it might seem as if “YOLO” is entirely about these negative choices, but from speaking with many youths in the community, it is actually just the opposite. This was made very clear to me this recently in Columbus, Ohio at the “We Are Majority Rally, where it was obvious that a large majority of youth believe in a drug-free future.

    Statistically, most youths do not use drugs and alcohol, and when they hear “YOLO,” that is the exact reason why. They know that they only have one chance at life and rather than wasting it on drugs and alcohol, they embrace healthy activities. These students take good care of their bodies and minds and refrain from engaging in unhealthy behaviors that could cause long-term damage.

    Therefore, as Red Ribbon Week organizers and volunteers, we need to continue to reinforce the positive message behind “YOLO. Be Drug Free®”and inform anyone who mistakenly confuses YOLO to mean anything other than living your best life, taking care of your body and mind and being drug free.

  5. 2016 Theme Announcement!

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    We are delighted to announce the 2016 National Red Ribbon Week Theme: “YOLO. Be Drug Free.™”

    The theme was created by Kristopher Jeremiah Oakes and Logan Brehm, sixth graders at Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary School in Claysburg, Pennsylvania. Danielle Simpson, school counselor at Claysburg-Kimmel, encouraged all sixth graders at the school to submit their ideas for the Red Ribbon Week theme contest. The school will receive national recognition and $500 in Red Ribbon Theme merchandise from Nimco, Inc.

    Today, the school is recognizing the students for their outstanding achievement. Stay tuned for pictures from the event and more info about the theme!