In recognition of National Drug Facts Week, from October 31- November 4, 2011, the County of Oswego Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, Inc. (COCOAA), teamed up with G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton to host a Poster Contest and National Drug Facts Quiz. The SADD club at school was also involved in helping to organize this event.
The Poster theme of Shatter the Myths of Drug Use and Abuse resulted in the top three posters that students designed, winning $100 gift cards each. Judges for the Poster Contest included G. Ray Bodley and COCOAA personnel, Fulton Deputy Police Chief Tom Abelgore, Oswego County Health Department Senior Health Educator, Diane Oldenburg and Oswego City-County Youth Bureau’s Youth Services Specialist, Brian Chetney. Poster winners were announced at school on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. They included Mariah Munger, Danielle Gillett along with Kara Farrands and Josh Buskey who collaborated to design a poster.
In addition, all students at G. Ray Bodley High School had the opportunity on November 4, 2011 to take the National Drug Facts Quiz. All students who answered the most questions correctly from the 20 question quiz were eligible to win one of ten gift cards that were purchased with funds donated by the SUNY Oswego Greek Council. Additional donations were received from Fulton Dunkin Donuts and Fulton Pizza Hut. Winners of the National Drug Quiz included the following twelve students: Andrew Knapp, Caitlin LaVoie, Kayla Jones, Mattie Burdick, Elizabeth DeSantis, Celeste Kirk, Lindsey Larkin, Mackenzie Grow, Jessica Abelgore, Anna Mortimer and Annette Bennett.
The purpose of National Drug Facts Week is to work with schools and local teens to raise awareness and offer teen’s real, factual information about drugs, alcohol and substance use and abuse in an effort to combat underage drinking and drug usage. National Drug Facts Week is sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Additionally, this event is being combined with the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws grant that COCOAA has received through New York State OASAS, in an effort to increase educational awareness of underage drinking and its effects on the local teenage population.
If anyone would like additional information regarding these activities, please contact Prevention Director, Karyn Grow at COCOAA at 342-2370.