Saturday, June 23rd 2018


Red Ribbon Youth March

For more than 20 years, the Red Ribbon Youth March has been a symbol of our youth's concerted stand against drug and alcohol use. Each fall, hundreds of young people, along with parents and adult leaders/teachers, march from City Hall to the Old State Bank building and Founder's park. Participating groups make a banner with the year's drug-free theme and prepare a brief skit/cheer with a drug-free message.

Over 1,400 Marchers Participated in the 21st Annual Red Ribbon Youth March.

2012 Red Ribbon March Winners


1ST Place
Walter Jackson Elementary
and Woodmeade Elementary

2nd Place
Austinville Elementary

3rd Place
Frances Nungester Elementary

Honorable Mentions:
Banks-Caddell Elementary
Girl Scout Troup #46
Julian Harris Elementary


  • 1st Place:
    Brookhaven Middle School
  • 2nd Place:
    Oak Park Middle School
  • 3rd Place:
    Cedar Ridge Middle School


  • 1st Place:
    Austin High School FCCLA

Banner Awards

  • Elementary School
    Austinville Elementary School
  • Middle School
    Brookhaven Middle School
  • High School
    Austin High School FCCLA

Special Awards

  • Group with the largest number of marchers
    Woodmeade Elementary School
  • Group with the most parents
    Julian Harris Elementary School
  • Group with the most teachers
    Brookhaven Middle Schooll

Red Ribbon Youth March History

The 2012 event was the 21st Annual Red Ribbon Youth March. All groups who have participated five years or more are recognized. Groups who have participated 10 years or more receive a banner.

Elementary School Division

  • Austinville Elementary School: 12 Years
  • Walter Jackson Elementary School: 16 Years
  • Woodmeade Elementary School: 16 Years
  • Decatur City Magnet Schools: 17 Years
  • West Decatur Elementary School: 17 Years
  • Julian Harris Elementary School: 17 Years
  • Chestnut Grove Elementary School: 18 Years
  • Eastwood Elementary School: 18 Years

Middle School Division

  • Brookhaven Middle School: 18 Years
  • Oak Park Middle School: 18 Years

High School Division

  • Austin High School FCCLA: 17 Years

Two groups have participated all 20 years!

  • Banks-Caddell Elementary School (Formerly Leon Sheffield)
  • Cedar Ridge Middle School

Red Ribbon Youth March Gallery


Substance Abuse Resources

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