Classroom printables, activities & worksheets

Red Ribbon Week

Get ready for National Red Ribbon Week 2022 with our teacher team's favorite Red Ribbon Week ideas, Red Ribbon Week activities, and Red Ribbon Week decorating ideas for the classroom to help you teach students about the importance of being drug-free! Is this your first year marking Red Ribbon Week with your class? Although it's a national celebration, we realize not every school celebrates, so our teacher team has all the information you need to prep for this drug prevention week.  (Already know all about this October week? Feel free to skip ahead to download printables and digital activities for your classroom!)

What Is Red Ribbon Week?

First thing's first: What is Red Ribbon Week all about, and why do so many schools celebrate? Red Ribbon Week is considered the largest drug prevention awareness campaign in the US. National Red Ribbon Week is held every fall with teachers and students in schools all around the country participating in anti-drug activities and wearing a red ribbon during the week of October 23-31. Red Ribbon Week was started in 1988 after the death of US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. Camerena was killed by drug traffickers in 1985, and the National Family Partnership began the wearing of red ribbons in his home state of California to honor him. The tradition grew to national prominence from there, and now you'll see students and teachers at thousands of schools taking part. Because Camarena was part of the federal agency, you'll also see support from the US government.

When Is Red Ribbon Week 2022?

Red Ribbon Week is celebrated during the last week of October every year, but unlike most awareness weeks which run Sunday to Saturday, this one sticks to the same exact dates and culminates on Halloween. That means that in 2022 (and every year after!), Red Ribbon Week will be held October 23-31.

What Is the Theme of Red Ribbon Week 2022?

If you're looking to theme your Red Ribbon Week activities or set up a bulletin board that matches what's going on in other classrooms around the country, there's a 2022 Red Ribbon Week theme already chosen to make things a bit easier for you.  Three 7th graders from Wayland, New York came up with the 2022 year’s Red Ribbon Week theme: Celebrate Life, Live Drug Free.

17 teaching resources for those 'aha' moments