Ways to Celebrate Red Ribbon Week

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is almost here! Is your school or organization still thinking of ways to celebrate? Check out the list below for 20 creative and fun ideas!  And don't forget to go to our main Red Ribbon Week page for history, videos and more about the celebration.

Related: Check out a list of virtual celebration ideas!


Communities Can ...

  1. Contact your elected officials about issuing a proclamation declaring Red Ribbon Week in your community.
  2. Invite elected and government officials to participate in Red Ribbon Week activities.
  3. Display a basket of red ribbons in the reception area of your organization for visitors to take, along with copies of the Red Ribbon Week fact card.
  4. Display red ribbons on the interior and exterior surfaces of your organization’s building.
  5. Sponsor a special drug abuse prevention seminar for the community. Invite a speaker who is an expert on drug prevention and invite the community to attend.
  6. Submit a public service announcement about Red Ribbon Week activities to your local radio station.
  7. Sponsor an in-service educational program for your employees and community leaders.
  8. Organize a drug prevention awareness fair. Invite local nonprofit organizations to participate by staffing exhibit booths, disseminating educational materials, offering free health screenings, and much more.
  9. Set up and staff an exhibit table at a local hospital, doctor’s office, community center, or shopping center to promote Red Ribbon Week and to distribute drug prevention information and materials.
  10. Post fact sheets and Red Ribbon Week event notices and other materials on community webpages, and on bulletin boards in libraries, hospitals, local churches, synagogues, gymnasiums, grocery stores, parks and recreation departments, health clinics, universities, and other public places. 


Schools Can ...

  1. Wear red ribbons and distribute them to your friends, family, volunteers, staff, and employees.
  2. RedRibbonWeek2019_schoolSponsor a Red Ribbon Week activity (e.g., fun run; bike-a-thon; bookmark, poster, or essay contest; classroom door decorating contest).
  3. Incorporate drug prevention facts and tips in your school-wide announcements and websites throughout Red Ribbon Week. Create a bulletin board display about Red Ribbon Week and post it in a high traffic area of your school.
  4. Have a Red Ribbon Rally with performances by local talent or school groups.
  5. Have a school assembly (everyone can wear red) and invite a law enforcement officer to speak about the dangers of drug abuse.
  6. Do a drug prevention and refusal skills presentation for your classmates.
  7. Promote Red Ribbon Week at your school's sporting events by handing out red ribbons, providing information about Red Ribbon Week, and having parents and students take a drug-free pledge.
  8. Sponsor an in-service training on drug prevention education for school administrators, teachers, counselors, nurses, and other staff.
  9. Start a Red Ribbon Week Club that meets regularly to promote drug prevention throughout the year.
  10. Sponsor a health fair and invite health and safety workers from the community to provide educational materials to students and parents.


In the Workplace ...

  1. Red Ribbon Table Outside DEA OfficeHave employees wear red
  2. Display red ribbon posters
  3. Support local school Red Ribbon activities
  4. Display a basket of Red Ribbons in your reception area for visitors
  5. Post fact sheets and Red Ribbon Week event notices throughout your building/office



Within Faith Communities ...

  1. Organize activities for youth groups
  2. Get involved with youth organizations, ie, scouts, 4H
  3. Pass out anti-drug use literature at services
  4. Include information about non-drug use in sermons
  5. Include anti-drug use information in bulletins



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Get more information about the history of Red Ribbon Week, as well as all of the related resources.

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