2018 National Red Ribbon Photo Contest Winners
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2018 National Red Ribbon Photo Contest. We received hundreds of entries and tens of thousands of votes in support of your entries. The contest is an opportunity to involve families and schools in spreading the Red Ribbon Week message widely in neighborhoods, communities and on social media. We are delighted to celebrate the following families, schools and communities working together to promote healthy, drug free kids.
Congratulations to the 20 winners from across the country.
Entries With The Most Votes Per Region
“I really liked the way it brought students and faculty together. I am so proud of the way my students advocated for their group and spread the message to all of their families, friends and teachers to vote. Asking for the votes meant students had to talk about the meaning behind the project and allowed for many conversations around drug prevention.”
“I am thrilled for the school, and exceptionally proud of the students in the [SADD] chapter who consistently work hard to make our school a better place” -"
"The best part of the contest was bringing the community together and the challenge of gathering so many people for one goal. We had almost 1400 people in the picture including parents, staff and student K-12. The challenge of writing in the field and putting the message together was interesting, but working as a team made it happened."
"The thing I like most about the contest is that the whole school rallies to support our efforts. They work together and ask every day how we are doing. It is a goal that our students, parents, teachers, support staff, and administrators strive to achieve. It also keeps an awareness of our drug prevention efforts going throughout the school."
"We have had some students through the years who have strayed in the wrong path and have suffered the consequences of drug abuse. If we can educate students so that they make better choices, we will help them become successful."
"My favorite part of being in this contest was the camaraderie that came out of the preparations. The students spent everyday at lunch in my classroom for about a month. They went through several ideas and attempted to execute each of them before deciding on their final design. I enjoyed watching them work together for a final goal."
" The contest is another way of leading into a conversation with my children. I've always talked to them about drugs and alcohol and it has helped them to ask questions and open up with me."
" Carl is very happy and thankful for winning the contest. He didn't expect to win, and it is a great blessing that he is very thankful for."
"Drugs are running rampant in our state and prohibit the growth of education. We are thrilled at the opportunity to promote a drug-free environment and continue to teach a healthy lifestyle for our students from an early age."
"As an educator, I see the impact that drugs can have on our students' lives. By making drug prevention education part of our curriculum and daily conversations, we can make a difference in the lives of our community members"
“The contest helped us talk to our children about drugs because they asked "why are we doing this?" which opened up the discussion on their terms. Drug prevention is so important because awareness is the biggest key in any educational endeavor."
“Working with school age children and having children myself motivates me to find ways to share the drug free message. Decorating my house with a drug free message, and having my family support me in my decision was a great experience.”
“I personally like decorating very much and support the idea of their impact on education. I believe a drug-free message through a contest is a great way to spread the word for drug prevention. Although being drug-free is not in the vocabulary of our little ones, this decoration took their attention and gave me a chance to inform them about how our choices affect our future. I felt accomplished about decorating our school.”
“I am very excited about winning the contest! This is such an honor and we are proud to receive this recognition. I would like to thank my guidance counselor, Melek Atalay, for her hard work and vision for this contest. She was the driving force behind our success!”
"Our students are presented with many situations in which a choice can influence their entire lives. Being educated and understanding the risks and consequences of drug and alcohol abuse can lead to better choices."
"Drug prevention is the future. Without having drug prevention conversations, we are not promised a bright future. We have to educate as many as we can regarding the use of drugs."
"Drugs and alcohol negatively affect our brains and our bodies and our ability to learn and grow. Since children are our future, it is important to begin prevention early."
"Sadly, at this young age, too many children see the effects of drugs on people they know. If we can help them avoid getting involved in drugs, then we've accomplished our goal, and many times that means we've saved lives."
"It helped provide my students with visuals while learning about staying away from drugs and the outcomes of this decision. My students all have learning disabilities, so this was a fun way to discuss this with them."
"I think that it's extremely important for us to impress upon our students the importance of making the correct choices in life (being drug free) and the consequences of making incorrect choices. Because using drugs can alter your life choices and can lead to prematurely ending your life. Also, it's important for us to equip our students with the knowledge of being drug free and that knowledge will assist them with making good choices and combating peer pressure."
"It's a good thing to have Red Ribbon Week and contests as a reminder of why it is important to stay drug free and how important it is to talk about it often. The contest help me to be able to show and explain to my children the importance of staying drug free and how drugs could affect their lives."
" What I like most about Red Ribbon Week is the fun the students and the adults have decorating as well as the fun activities we do to support the message of living drug free."
"The iPad is just a bonus. Our reasoning for doing these contests is education, family time and helping out our school community."
"Our child are our future. Teaching them at such a young age about the importance of being drug free will better prepare them for when they are faced with the decision to abstain from or give in to peer pressure."
"We are so excited to be one of the winners of the Red Ribbon contest again! The contest is a great way for our school and community to raise awareness about drug prevention and living a healthy drug free life."
"Drug use and abuse in our country is at an epidemic state. Our youth are being exposed to drugs at an earlier rate. As a society we hear on the news [about] the opioid crisis. Parents and schools must continue to work together to teach and share the message of making good choices and living a healthy life."
"Since Red Ribbon Week is about being drug free, it was a great opportunity to reinforce those ideas with my son. Letting him participate in the project helped make him feel like he could influence others to make positive choices."
"My mom saw a couple of people who were walking with their dog come up to the sign and read it. One of the neighbors had signed it too. Sometimes people would slow down when they are driving past our house and look at the poster. It’s kind of hard to miss because of the giant red bow. As far as I know, no one has ever put anything like that on their front gate in our neighborhood."