$20,000 Awarded to Schools in 2016 National Red Ribbon Week® Photo Contest

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20 Schools, Families Recognized for Commitment to Youth Drug Prevention by National Family Partnership

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“An estimated 80 million people celebrate Red Ribbon Week each year,” says NFP President Peggy Sapp.

‘Tis the season for giving! Today, 20 creative teams across the nation found out they are winners of $1,000 each from the National Family Partnership and the Drug Enforcement Administration as part of the National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest. The 10 winning families who decorated their homes and the 10 winning schools who decorated their campuses with this year’s Red Ribbon Week theme: “YOLO. Be Drug Free,” earn $1,000 each for their local schools and an iPad for the family or the person who entered on behalf of the school. The contest was part of the annual National Red Ribbon Week® celebration – the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention campaign.

The contest, sponsored by the National Family Partnership (NFP) and co-sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), encouraged families and schools nationwide to decorate their homes and campuses with this year’s Red Ribbon Week theme, “YOLO. Be Drug Free™.” Contest participants uploaded their photos and then asked others to vote for their entry. The entries with the most votes in each of the 10 regions in each category (home entry and school entry) won the contest.

“An estimated 80 million people celebrate Red Ribbon Week each year,” says NFP President Peggy Sapp. “We designed the contest to involve families, schools, and communities in delivering the drug prevention message to children while promoting a healthy and drug-free lifestyle.”

Close to 100,000 votes were cast in support of the more than 400 contest entries. Money earned for winning the contest will go to drug education and prevention programs.

See all 2016 winning photos at http://www.redribbon.org/contest/winners.

Red Ribbon Week began in 1985 after the abduction and murder of DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. The first ever National Red Ribbon Week was organized by the National Family Partnership in 1988. NFP continues to sponsor the campaign for families, schools and communities across the nation each year. Since its inception, the campaign has touched millions of lives to promote and celebrate drug free living.

2016 National Red Ribbon Photo Contest Winners

School Entries

Region 1: Braintree High School
                 Braintree, Massachusetts

Region 2: Red Bank Middle School
                 Red Bank, New Jersey

Region 3: Ingomar Middle School
                 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Region 4: Orlando Science Elementary
                 Orlando, Florida

Region 5: Allen East High School
                 Bluffton, Ohio

Region 6: Milan Elementary School
                 Milan, New Mexico

Region 7: Cameron R-I School District
                 Cameron, Missouri

Region 8: Naples Elementary School                    
                 Vernal, Utah

Region 9: Charles G. Emery Elementary School    
                 Buena Park, California

Region 10: Riley Creek School                                 
                 Gold Beach, Oregon

Home Entries

Region 1:    The Rivera Family    
                    Paul R Baird Middle School
                    Ludlow, Massachusetts

Region 2:    The Johnston Family    
                    Geneseo Central School     
                    Geneseo, New York

Region 3:    The Spencer Family     
                    Abingdon Elementary School     
                    Gloucester County, Virginia

Region 4:    The Trought Family     
                    Grayson High School     
                    Loganville, Georgia

Region 5:    The McGovern Family     
                    St. Eugene School     
                    Chicago, Illinois

Region 6:    The McDonald Family     
                    Mountain Peak Elementary School     
                    Midlothian, Texas

Region 7:    The Paulson Family     
                    Dora R-III     
                    Dora, Missouri

Region 8:    The Hejna Family    
                    Gayville-Volin High School    
                    Gayville, South Dakota

Region 9:    The Oliva Family     
                    Country Hills Elementary     
                    Brea, California

Region 10: The Carino Family     
                     North Valley High School    
                     Grants Pass, Oregon

To learn more about Red Ribbon Week and the contest, visit http://www.RedRibbon.org.

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