Celebrate Red Ribbon Week October 23-October 31

Send a Message.  Stay Drug Free.

What is Red Ribbon Week?

Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the United States. Red Ribbon Week is intended to demonstrate a unified and visible commitment to maintaining a drug free school and community. 

Schools are encouraged to celebrate by sponsoring drug prevention programs and activities during this years’ Red Ribbon Week, observed October 23–31, 2019. This year’s theme is “Send a Message. Stay Drug Free.”

How will PWCS observe Red Ribbon Week?

Through partnership with schools, communities, and parents, we increase the chances that our students will exercise positive decision-making. PWCS is committed to educating students about drug resistance and living a healthy lifestyle.

Please join us in kicking off Red Ribbon Week on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by participating in "Get RED of Drugs" Day. Students, parents, educators, and community members are encouraged to wear red to show support of substance abuse prevention in Prince William County.

The Office of Student Services, Substance Abuse Prevention Team would like to support your school’s efforts in educating students on drug prevention and awareness during 2019 Red Ribbon Week. Please contact Mallory McKnight, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, at 703.791.8561 to discuss how we can assist you throughout the month of October.


Red Ribbon Week Activities and Resources

Planning Guide for Red Ribbon Week in your school (PDF)

Suggested Activities:

Get RED of Drugs Day - Wednesday, October 23

All students and staff are asked to wear red on this day.

Red Ribbon Formation Challenge

Take a stand against substance abuse in our community by taking a picture of your school forming a drug prevention red ribbon. Share on your school social media channels with the hashtag #RedRibbonWeek2019. Schools will be highlighted on the PWCS social media as well.
Red Ribbon human formation of students and teachers How you can achieve this:

  • Everyone can be invited to participate but encouraging students to wear red will enhance the look of the “red ribbon.” Consider doing this challenge on “Get RED of Drugs” Day on Wednesday, October 23;
  • This challenge can be done as a school or by individual classes;
  • Find an area large enough for all participants.
  • Have the photographer capture the picture from an elevated location to get the best picture;
  • Consider using cones or tape to outline the ribbon for participants;
  • Use the hashtag #RedRibbonWeek2019; and
  • Have fun and be creative.

Ideas for Student Spirit Days and more


Did You Know?

In 2018, more than 3.5 million U.S middle and high school students reported using e- cigarettes in the past 30 days.
Center for Disease Control, 2018.

People ages 12- 20 drink 11% of alcohol consumed in the United States. 90% of their alcohol consumption is by binge drinking.   
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2017.

In 2017, 1,534 Virginians died of drug overdoses 
Virginia Department of Health, 2018.

In Prince William County, there were 50 opioid overdose deaths in 2018, 40 were fentanyl related 
Prince William County Crime Report, 2018.

Past-month vaping of nicotine or marijuana jumped across eighth, tenth, and twelfth grade 
National Institute of Drug Abuse, 2018.