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Swenke ES wins award in national Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest

Swenke ES wins award in national Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest.
Dr. Scott Talley, Swenke Elementary School counselor, left, along with members of Swenke’s student council and pre-k students, pose for a photo in front of the school’s Red Ribbon Week display. The photo won the “Most Creative School Judges Award” in the 2021 National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest.

Dec. 7, 2021—Swenke Elementary School won the “Most Creative School Judges Award” in the 2021 National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest hosted by the National Family Partnership.

The National Family Partnership hosts the annual National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest, which is held in conjunction with the national celebration of Red Ribbon Week. The contest invites schools across the country to submit photos that incorporate the year’s theme. This year’s theme was “Drug Free Looks Like Me.”

Swenke’s photo submission highlighted the school’s Reb Ribbon Week display, incorporating a mirror with the theme “Drug Free Looks Like Me” hanging above so students could reflect on what it means to be drug free. The “Most Creative School Judges Award” is only given to one school in the country.

“I’m completely shocked that our school won the Most Creative School Judges Award,” said Dr. Scott Talley, Swenke counselor. “It is such an honor for our school to have been selected and to be the sole winner of this award among our nation’s 50 states. Our students are grateful and elated to have participated in this year’s contest.”

Like schools throughout the country and CFISD, Swenke celebrated the week with special theme days and student council members helped pass out red ribbons to each homeroom teacher.

“Red Ribbon Week at Swenke is truly a team effort,” Dr. Talley said. “We believe that the photo contest gets students and staff excited. What better way of raising awareness than creating a large display for kids to see each day during Red Ribbon Week!”

In addition to winning the “Most Creative Judges Award,” Swenke will also receive $1,000 and an iPad for the campus.

Visit the Red Ribbon website for more information.