Here are a few ideas on how you can celebrate Red Ribbon Week in your community:
• Wear red ribbons and distribute them to staff and employees.
• Issue a proclamation declaring the last week of October “Red Ribbon Week” in
• Promote Red Ribbon Week in speeches and newsletters.
• Display red ribbons on the interior and exterior surfaces of city and county buildings.
• Appoint a representative to be on the community Red Ribbon planning committee.
• Encourage police and fire departments to participate in Red Ribbon Week activities.
• Contact the press to show your community support for Red Ribbon Week.
• Include a Red Ribbon message in employee pay checks, in water bills, etc.
• Wear red ribbons and distribute them to staff and officers.
• Display red ribbons on the interior and exterior surfaces of the building.
• Display red ribbons in a prominent place on all vehicles.
• Help plan and participate in Red Ribbon Week activities.
• Offer to speak at community programs on alcohol and drug issues.
• Organize a special alcohol and drug seminar for the community.
• Wear red ribbons and distribute them to your employees, customers, schools, etc.
• Display red ribbons and posters on the interior and exterior surfaces of your building.
• Place a Red Ribbon message in your advertisements, newsletters, and monthly statements.
• Sponsor a Red Ribbon Week activity (i.e., fun run, bike-a-thon, community breakfast, etc.).
• Promote Red Ribbon Week on signs and marquees.
• Advertise Red Ribbon special discounts or sales for customers wearing a red ribbon.
• Initiate drug education programs for employees.
•Wear red ribbons and distribute them to your employees, including TV anchor persons, news reporters, etc.
•Display red ribbons and posters on the interior and exterior surfaces of your building.
•Inform the community about Red Ribbon Week, encouraging them to participate.
•Produce and air Red Ribbon public service announcements.
•Invite Red Ribbon community leaders to appear on talk shows.
•Assign reporters to cover Red Ribbon activities.
•Feature drug education information during Red Ribbon Week.
•Publish a special Red Ribbon insert in newspapers with articles and ads to distribute during Red Ribbon Week.
•Initiate drug education programs for employees.
•Display a basket of red ribbons in the waiting room or lobby for patients and family members.
•Display red ribbons and posters on the interior and exterior surfaces of buildings.
•Create a display on alcohol and drug abuse prevention information.
•Adopt a school and donate ribbons for Red Ribbon Week.
•Give red balloons to children with a message to reject drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.
•Distribute and wear red ribbons at religious services.
•Give a drug-free message in a sermon.
•Include a special Red Ribbon insert in bulletins.
•Sponsor in-service educational programs for priests, ministers, rabbis, teachers, secretaries, volunteers, and the congregation.
•Address alcohol and drug problems during youth and adult meetings.
•Hold prayer vigils for those affected by the use of drugs.
•Invite youth to wear and distribute red ribbons during religious services.
•Plan essay contests, poster contests, and journalism competitions.
•Wear red ribbons and distribute them to students and staff.
•Organize drug education programs and integrate alcohol and drug information into all curricula during Red Ribbon Week.
•Observe Red Ribbon Week activities.
•Provide drug education in-service for teachers and staff.
•Invite parents and families to a special health fair or drug education program.
•Decorate your school.
•Wear red ribbons.
•Talk to your kids about the dangerous effects of alcohol, drug, and tobacco use.
•Participate in planning and implementing Red Ribbon community activities.
•Volunteer to cut and distribute red ribbons.
•Schedule a community meeting focusing on drug education.
•Participate in Family Day—September 28, 2009.
During National Plant the Promise Week on October 23-31, schools, businesses, parents, and youths across America will plant bulbs that will bloom into vibrant red, white, and blue tulips and will serve as a constant reminder for staying drug free. Most bulbs that are planted during National Plant the Promise Week will bloom during April, which is National Alcohol Awareness Month. Order your Red Ribbon Week bulbs today by logging onto www.nimcoinc.com.