The Frenette Family of Lewiston was one of 10 families across the country to be declared winners in the 2012 Red Ribbon Week national contest. Families were invited to participate in the contest by decorating their homes according to this year’s theme, submitting photos of their efforts to www.redribbon.org, and then encouraging their friends to vote online. Entries with the most online votes won.
The theme of this year’s contest was “The Best Me is Drug Free.” As winners, the Frenettes won an iPad for their family and a $1,000 drug prevention grant for their local school, Martel Elementary. The contest was sponsored by the National Family Partnership and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency.
“The contest was an easy way for me to help support parents talking to kids about drugs without sounding pushy,” said Lu Anne Frennette. “It’s been a nice way to get the message out there without doing it in a depressing way.”
A national leader in drug prevention, education and advocacy, the National Family Partnership was established in 1980 to encourage leadership among the nation’s families and communities in nurturing healthy, drug-free youth. Now entering its 28th year, the NFP’s Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s largest and oldest drug prevention campaign, reaching 80 million people every year. NFP created the campaign in response to the 1985 abduction and murder of DEA agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena.