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Children, families encouraged to enter Red Ribbon competition

Oct. 21, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Children and families have until Nov. 2 to participate in the 27th annual Red Ribbon Week drug prevention campaign contest.

Winners, like two from Winfield Middle School last year, will receive a $1,000 drug prevention grant for their school and an iPad for their family. This year's contest is aimed at encouraging families to talk about prevention.

Red Ribbon Week started after a federal agent was murdered in 1985. People across the country started wearing red ribbons as a symbol of support and a commitment to raise awareness of the destruction caused by drugs. Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 23-31.

To enter, students bring the message of Red Ribbon Week home by working with their parents to decorate their front door, mailbox, fence or porch with the theme of "The Best Me Is Drug Free."

Then, they are to take a photo of the family with the decorate and upload it to www.redribbon.org/contest or www.facebook.com/RedRibbonWeek by Nov. 2. Parents or those over 18 must upload the voters.

Then, online voting takes place through Nov. 16, with 10 winners from various regions across the country. Winners will be announced in December.

For more information, visit www.redribbon.org/contest.

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