Monthly Archives: September 2012

Winners of Red Ribbon BragTags™

Do you know the history behind Red Ribbon Week?

Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985. Camarena worked his way through college, served in the Marines and became a police officer. When he decided to join the US Drug Enforcement Administration, his mother tried to talk him out of it. “I’m only one person”, he told her, “but I want to make a difference.” 

The DEA sent Camarena to work undercover in Mexico, investigating a major drug cartel believed to include officers in the Mexican army, police and government. On Feb. 7, 1985, the 37-year-old Camarena left his office to meet his wife for lunch.  Five men appeared at the agent’s side and shoved him in a car. One month later, Camarena’s body was found. He had been tortured to death.

In honor of Camarena’s memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. Parents, sick of the destruction of alcohol and other drugs, had begun forming coalitions. Some of these new coalitions took Camarena as their model and embraced his belief that one person can make a difference. These coalitions also adopted the symbol of Camarena’s memory, the red ribbon.

The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children and families. The National Family Partnership (NFP) and its network of individuals and organizations continue to deliver his message of hope to millions of people every year, through the National Red Ribbon Campaign.

The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a DRUG-FREE AMERICA.


Congratulations! The three winners of Red Ribbon BragTags™ are:

1. Elizabeth Carpenter

2. Monica Hiatt

3. Lisa (

We wish EVERY EDUCATOR could win brag tags for their school or classroom… we’ll keep trying! : )

Another GIVEAWAY and another chance next week!

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Posted by on September 29, 2012 in Uncategorized


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GIVEAWAY – One day left to ENTER!

Friendly Reminder: There is ONE day left to ENTER and WIN Awareness BragTags™!

THREE lucky winners announced Sept 28.

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Posted by on September 27, 2012 in Uncategorized



Red Ribbon Week is just around the corner: October 23-31. We thought now would be a good time to give away some BragTags™ in honor of Red Ribbon Week!

Check out our Red Ribbon Bundle Pack! Everything your school or classroom will need in one fun and effective bundle!


1. Follow our blog (upper right hand side of page, you will receive confirmation email, you must click the confirmation email to follow)

2. Comment on this blog post: How would you use BragTags™ during Red Ribbon Week?



Posted by on September 22, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Did you know September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

One of the worst problems facing our nation’s children today is obesity. What can we, teachers and educators, do about this issue? September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, a great time to talk to students about healthy habits in diet and exercise. Improving nutrition at school is just part of the story. It’s a good idea to discuss how childhood obesity can affect self-esteem, plus the consequences of teasing and bullying.

Engage your students’ interest in their health and well-being with the interdisciplinary activities in this teacher’s guide for Chew on This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know About Fast Food. This guide includes lesson planning ideas and discussion questions about nutrition, the history of fast food, and the practices of fast-food corporations.

Explore the sensitive issues of teasing and obesity with your class as you read Larger-Than-Life-Lara. The  lesson plans, author commentary, and questions in this guide will promote class discussions.

More FREE Downloads: Help your students begin a healthy active school year with this “Weekly Exercise Chart“. Give your students this weekly exercise chart, each week award the students that exercised, and completed the chart with the “Weekly Exercise Certificate“!

We hope these free downloads may help when discussing this sensitive topic in your classroom. Healthy Choice BragTags™ and “No Bully” BragTags™ are another way to ease into a discussion about Childhood Obesity.

As always, we thank you for going above and beyond for your students (our future).

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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Uncategorized


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One day left for BragTag Giveaway!

Friendly Reminder:

Brag Tag giveaway ends (tomorrow) Sept 16!


Good Luck!


Posted by on September 15, 2012 in Uncategorized


Another BragTag™ GIVEAWAY

Is it too soon? We think not… here is yet another chance to WIN!

Enter the latest BragTag™ giveaway on the adorable “Fun in First” blog.



Posted by on September 13, 2012 in Uncategorized


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“You Go Spa Girl” Winner

What wonderful teachers you are! All of your comments were SO fun to read! If you didn’t win this time, make sure to follow our blog (upper right hand side of page) for another giveaway VERY SOON!

Thank you for your comments, and THANK YOU for going above and beyond in your classroom!

Winner of the $50 spa gift certificate goes to Barb (

Congratulations Barb!

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Posted by on September 11, 2012 in Uncategorized