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Red Ribbon Week (Oct. 23-31, 2023) Encourages Students to Live Drug Free

Red Ribbon Week (Oct. 23-31, 2023) Encourages Students to Live Drug Free

Alexandria is taking a prominent stand against drug abuse as Red Ribbon Week is celebrated in October. Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) Family and Community Engagement Center (FACE), the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria, SCAN of Northern Virginia, and the Mayor’s Campaign to End Bullying will come together at City Hall on Tues., Oct. 24, 2023, at 7 p.m. for the presentation of a proclamation declaring October 23-31 as Red Ribbon Week in the City of Alexandria.

Superintendent Dr. Melanie Kay Wyatt, along with the previous academic year’s ACPS Red Ribbon poster contest winners — Tasnia Rahman at William Ramsay Elementary School, Honey Lopez at Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School and Sarah McBurney at Alexandria City High School — are scheduled to join community leaders in recognizing the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the nation.

All ACPS students are encouraged to submit their entries in the 2023 Red Ribbon poster contest to help promote a drug-free lifestyle. This year’s campaign theme is "Be Kind to Your Mind. Live Drug Free.”

There are three entry categories: elementary, middle and high school. Three winning posters will be chosen, based on artistic presentation and strength in message. All posters must be turned in and postmarked by Wed., Nov. 15, 2023, to:

Ms. Daniela Perez-Bravo

ACPS Central Office – 5th Floor

1340 Braddock Place

Alexandria, VA 22214

Electronic versions can be submitted to or

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