Get those red ribbons out.
The National Family Partnership, which focuses on drug prevention and education, will hold a national contest for its 28th annual Red Ribbon Week through Oct. 31.
Youth in grades K-12 will be given an opportunity to win $1,000 for their school, and an iPad for home.
To enter, students bring the Red Ribbon Week message home and to work alongside parents to decorate their front door, mail box, or fence with a red ribbon and this year's theme "A Healthy Me is Drug Free."
They will take a photo with the family and their Red Ribbon Week decoration, then upload the photo to redribbon.org/contest by Nov. 4.
Students can ask family and friends to vote for their entry at redribbon.org/vote Nov. 4-19.
Ten winners across the United States will be awarded $1,000 and an iPad. Winners will be announced on Dec. 6 at redribbon.org, and recognized at winning schools throughout December.
It may not seem like it, but Turkey Day is not too far away, which means it's time for Walnut Creek families to get ready to enjoy a morning run before that Thanksgiving meal.
The 21st annual Turkey Trot, a fundraiser for Walnut Creek schools, will take place 8 a.m. Nov. 28 downtown.
People can register now for the 5K or 10K runs and kids fun run for ages 12 and under. All sponsored by Forma Gym.
Walnut Creek schools are given money through the Walnut Creek Education Foundation and Partners for Educational Achievement when people signing up indicate a school they support.
Other charities that will receive donations include The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, The Wellness City Challenge, the Forma Kids Fundation and the San Pablo Corridor Coalition, which supports underprivileged children in Oakland.
The cost ranges from $12 for the fun run to $28.
Volunteers are needed for race preparation and on race day. To register or to learn more go to wcturkeytrot.webconnex.com/2013
Hope Academy for Dyslexics presents an "Experience Dyslexia" simulation from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 12, at the Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway.
Parents and educators can experience firsthand what it's like to have dyslexia.
Experience Dyslexia is developed by the Northern California International Dyslexia Association.
Space is limited. R.S.V.P. at www.experiencedyslexia.eventbrite.com or call 925-687-7555 for information.
Editorial Assistant Nan Hargis contributed to this report. To submit an item for School Notes contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617. Follow her at Twitter.com/enardi10.