The National Family Partnership (NFP) decided on the action because of the impact of Hurricane Sandy on more than a dozen states.
This means parents and students nationwide have more time to enter the contest (the original entry deadline was today). The online voting period has also been extended by a week, and is now rescheduled for November 10th-24th.
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 will decorate the front of their homes with this year's message: "The Best Me Is Drug Free."
Here's how students and their families can enter to win one of ten $1,000 grants for drug prevention in their local K-12 school and one of ten iPads for their home:
- Students bring the Red Ribbon Week message home by working alongside parents to decorate their front door, mailbox, fence, etc. with this year's theme "The Best Me Is Drug Free."
- Take a photo with the family and their Red Ribbon Week decoration, then upload (must be parents or 18+ to upload photos) by November 9th to the contest website (click here) or the contest Facebook page (click here).
- The voting begins! Ask family and friends to vote for your entry (click here) November 10th-24th.
Click here to watch this video for families to see how easy it is to enter.