Enter to win $1,000 for your school and an iPad for the home with Red Ribbon Week's new contest

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[October 10, 2013]  MIAMI -- The National Family Partnership is announcing a national contest for its 28th annual Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31. The Red Ribbon Week public service campaign helps parents and teachers prevent youth drug and alcohol abuse.

Here's how to enter to win $1,000 for your K-12 school and an iPad for the home:
  1. Students bring the Red Ribbon Week message home by working alongside parents to decorate their front door, mailbox or fence with a red ribbon and this year's theme "A Healthy Me Is Drug Free."

  2. Take a photo with the family and your Red Ribbon Week decoration, then upload to redribbon.org/contest by Nov. 4 (must be 18 or older to upload the photos).

  3. The voting begins. Ask family and friends to vote for your entry at redribbon.org/vote Nov. 5-19.

There will be 10 winners from regions across the U.S.

Winners will be announced at redribbon.org on Dec. 6 and recognized at winning schools throughout December.

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

Red Ribbon Week, the nation's oldest and largest drug prevention campaign, reaches more than 80 million people nationwide.

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The Drug Enforcement Administration is co-sponsoring this year's national contest.

"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."

The NFP president added: "Take the Red Ribbon Week pledge across America to help children grow up safe, healthy and drug-free."

For contest information, visit redribbon.org/contest.

[Text from National Family Partnership news release]

The National Family Partnership was established in 1980, and is a national leader in drug prevention, education and advocacy. Its mission is to lead the nation's families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug-free youth. NFP created the Red Ribbon Week campaign in response to the 1985 abduction and murder of DEA agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena.

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