Red Ribbon Week

What is Red Ribbon Week?

Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention awareness campaign celebrated every year in October. It is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. This year's theme is: “Send a message. Stay Drug Free.” 

RRW 2019

To learn more about the Red Ribbon Week national campaign and how you can get involved, visit

Learn more about what ACPS is doing locally at:

It takes a community to teach prevention -- how will you celebrate Red Ribbon Week?

Do you want to be next year's Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest winner? 

Who can participate in the poster contest?

  • Entrants must be students in Alexandria City Public Schools.  
  • There will be three winners - one from elementary school, one from middle school, and one from high school.

Contest rules:

  • Present poster on poster board. Posters cannot be larger than 11” x 17” (tabloid size).
  • Poster should include a message that promotes a drug-free lifestyle. You may come up with your own theme.
  • Free hand, multi-media, computer generated/assisted designs, markers, or crayons may be used in the design of the poster. 
  • Posters are judged on artistic presentation and strength of message. Please include a short paragraph description of your poster theme/message. 
  • On the back of the poster include: (1) student’s full name, (2) age, (3) school, (4) poster theme/message description, and (6) phone number/email.
  •  All posters must be turned in by November 11, 2019. 
    • Electronic versions can be submitted to
    • Posters can also be submitted to the following address and should be postmarked no later than November 11, 2019.
      ATTN Ms. Taneika Taylor Tukan
      The Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Center
      1340 Braddock Place, 5th Floor
      Alexandria, VA 22314  
  • Parent or legal guardian must submit the entry on student’s behalf. By submitting an entry, you have confirmed that ACPS/FACE and its partners have permission to reproduce the images and post on social media or other communication channel.
  • Winner will receive a $100 gift card and their poster will be featured in Red Ribbon Week 2020!

2019 Winning Posters

Elementary School Winner: Kate Jimenez, age 9

"This is my journey to a drug free world. For as long as we focus on love for family, get active and have fun with sports and study to graduate and become a professional, we will achieve our dreams. Stay drug free and be happy like me!"


Middle School Winner: Geremias Ayala Chicas, age 12

"The person is trying to get back to how he used to be but drugs are trying to prevent it. For this person, it's hard to get out of drugs and return to how good he used to be. This is why you shouldn't do drugs. Because it's really hard to get out of drug addiction."


High School Winner: Brendan Huber-Wilker, age 18

"I chose my design in hopes of inspiring others to gaze upon the vast expanse of the night sky and remember what it means to follow their dreams. The poster's design serves as a message to travel life to its fullest extent and that if one does drugs, this journey can never be realized. The silhouette standing atop the mountain is a symbol for those appreciating the beauty of the world around them and enjoying their life to its "peak" because they chose to be drug free.”