Celebrate Red Ribbon Week 2019 from October 23-31 and stress good character at your school with these unique and creative Red Ribbon Week ideas!
We’ve rounded up our top budget-friendly products for this year’s events—including drug-free bookmarks, superhero-themed water bottles, and other anti-drug messaging products. Pair our favorite Red Ribbon Week products with these fun activities to engage young minds, educate students, and make this year’s Red Ribbon Week one to remember.
10 Fun Activities to Make Red Ribbon Week Memorable
1. Encourage Students to be Heroes
Let students know that they can be heroes by staying drug free and doing good deeds in their community. Organize a canned food drive at your school to show kids how easy it is to make a difference. Send a letter home with them the week before so their parents know to send them to school with a few canned food items during Red Ribbon Week. Give each student who makes a donation a “Good Character, Good Choices: Drug and Bully Free!” Red Ribbon Sports Drawstring Backpack. Be sure to get a picture for the school newsletter of all the food items that were collected and donated to a local food bank.
2. Send a Message to the Community
Send anti-drug and anti-bullying messages to your school and community with this creative Red Ribbon Week idea. Get the help of older students to write a message in a chain link fence on school property. Stick red Solo® cups inside the holes in the fence to write a life-sized message. Thank students who help out with their own special cups, such as “IT’S COOL TO BE DRUG FREE!” Mood Cups. Unveil the message to all students at the school during Red Ribbon Week. Then, have everyone sign a “United We Stand Against Bullying And Drugs” Pledge Banner.
3. Go Above and Beyond
Encourage students and teachers to take their enthusiasm for Red Ribbon Week to another level. Throughout the week, see which classroom has the most students who embody the theme of the day. Announce at the end of every school day which classroom showed the most “Red Ribbon spirit” and invite those students to come to your office to get a prize, such as a “Stay Sharp Live Drug Free!” Heat-Sensitive Pencil or a “I Believe In Me Happy, Healthy & Drug Free” Red Sparkle Foil Pencil.
4. Share The Good News
Make sure your anti-bullying and drug-free activities reach beyond your school walls and into the community. Invite reporters from local newspapers and television stations to visit your school and cover your efforts to keep your school bully-free and drug-free. Prior to the media’s visit, make sure that each student and staff member wears either a “Be A Force For Kindness” Laminated Tag or Silicone Bracelet to show support for the message of being kind to all and making healthy choices.
5. Spread Kindness in the Cafeteria
Teach students to respect each other’s differences during lunch in the cafeteria—the place where students are most visibly divided. Encourage kids to get out of their comfort zone and sit with students that they don’t normally interact with. Give lunchroom monitors “Character Counts In Everything You Do!” T-Shirts to wear that day, and pass out “Character Counts In Everything You Do!” Water Bottles to students who embrace the activity.
6. Capture Their Commitment
As part of your Red Ribbon Week activities, put student cell phones to good use and make them a tool to help students commit to a drug-free lifestyle. Set up a “selfie station” or photo booth for students with a drug-free message in the background, such as “Picture Your Future Drug Free”. Encourage students to take pictures and post them on social media with a special hashtag. Give every student who participates an item from the “My Future Matters—I’m Drug Free!” Theme Kit.
7. Enjoy a Tropical Treat
Let students know that it’s cool not to use drugs by having a beach theme one day. Ask students to wear Hawaiian shirts, shorts, and sunglasses to school. Feature tropical dishes on the lunch menu, such as ham and pineapple pizza, banana cream pie, orange slices, and lemonade. As students enter school that day, pass out “It’s Cool To Be Drug Free” Paper Bracelets and “Our School Is Too Cool To Do Drugs” Bookmarks.
8. Encourage Healthy Decision-Making
Remind students that life is a gift and they should make healthy decisions, plus stay drug free throughout their lives. Highlight this message by tying the theme “You Only Live Once” (or “YOLO”) into your Red Ribbon Week activities. Include giveaways throughout the week that focus on personal responsibility and individuality, including “My Dreams, My Future, My Choice: Drug Free” Gold Foil-Stamped Ribbons.
9. Squash Drugs
October and pumpkins are synonymous (not to mention Red Ribbon Week ends on Halloween this year_, so incorporate this traditional Fall feature into your Red Ribbon Week ideas and activities. Give a large pumpkin to each classroom and challenge the students and teacher to come up with a unique anti-drug slogan that relates to the pumpkin or anything else about Fall, such as “Don’t Fall For Drugs!” Have them paint the slogans on the pumpkins. Showcase the pumpkins at the end of the week by lining them up on tables in the cafeteria and letting students and staff members walk through and view them. Set out bowls on the tables filled with “Say ‘Boo’ To Drugs” Lollipops for students to take.
10. Partner with a Local Animal Shelter
Use your school’s “PAW” power for good this Red Ribbon Week. Ask students to bring in donations of dog treats for a local animal shelter. Hand out “Keeping Our Paws Off Drugs” Temporary Tattoos to students who participate. At the end of the week, have a representative from the shelter come to your school and accept the donation. Have him or her bring an adoptable dog so students get to see one of the animals their donations help.
Promote a Bully-Free and Drug-Free Environment All Year
Red Ribbon Week only takes place once a year, but Positive Promotions offers a diverse selection of pencils, bookmarks, stickers, and more to encourage students to make healthy choices every day of the year. Educators and school staff can make a huge difference in the lives of students by setting positive examples and being dedicated to maintaining a safe, welcoming, and inspiring environment for all students.