The Red Ribbon Week Door Decorating Contest
Red Ribbon Week is a nationally recognized and celebrated drug awareness campaign observed annually in the month of October. To encourage participation of children, schools across the U.S. host a Red Ribbon door decorating contest where students decorate their classroom doors with "Drug Free" images and messages. The contest is typically judged by school officials with the winning classroom receiving school-wide accolades and a special prize, such as a pizza party or movie day.
Prior to considering decorations for your classroom door, the class should determine a proper theme for the Red Ribbon Week. Phrases such as "Only thugs say yes to drugs," "Drug Free is how I'll be" and "Think smart; don't start" can serve as suitable slogans. Choose a theme that not only makes a statement but also gets the student's creative juices flowing, making it easy to imagine a door decorated with images supporting the anti-drug message.
Keeping the Red Ribbon Week theme in mind, brainstorm ideas for images that can be featured on the door. If you choose the phrase "Only thugs say yes to drugs," you can create decorations out of construction paper featuring police officers handcuffing bandits who have pockets full of drugs. Real photos of all of the students can be placed on a "Drug Free is how I'll be" themed door. Make "Think smart; don't start" images spotlighting students on graduation day receiving their diploma, while on another part of the door, drug-users are outside and can't participate.
Once the students decide on what imagery they want to use to promote the classroom's theme, you must determine what type of supplies will be needed to showcase the artwork on the door. Covering the door with one solid sheet of paper prior to decorating will make the images and lettering stand out. Construction paper can be used to create most of the door's decorations. You can also use items like streamers, glitter or balloons if it matches your theme. Glue the decorations directly to the large sheet of paper covering the door.
The other classrooms in the school will also be participating in the Red Ribbon door decorating contest. Once the contest has closed, the school principal or other predetermined officials will judge the Red Ribbon Week doors and choose a winner. The winning class will be announced and will receive a prize, often in the form of a classroom party.