CUMBERLAND COUNTY, NJ — Young people are using their artistic talents to encourage their peers to live a healthy substance-free lifestyle as part of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s (PDFNJ) Design a Fourth Grade Folder contest. Nearly 3,000 fourth grade students from all 21 counties in New Jersey entered the contest, but only 33 earned recognition at the program’s virtual award ceremony held on Tuesday, May 3.
Aubrey Monahan of Elizabeth F. Moore Elementary School in Bridgeton was selected as a finalist in the competition. The virtual awards ceremony honored each of the finalists, allowing them to showcase their work in a video presentation. All 33 fourth grade student finalists will receive medals for their creative peer-to-peer substance use prevention artwork with the theme “Fun Things to Do Instead of Drugs.” The winning artwork will be featuring on 40,000 fourth grade folders to be distributed this fall.
“All of the students are peer leaders and should be commended their artistic talent and sharing these important messages that showcase what it means to live a healthy drug-free lifestyle,” said Angelo Valente, Executive Director of PDFNJ. “
Aubrey’s Winning Artwork
“It is never too early to begin the conversation and educate today’s youth about substance use and prevention efforts,” Valente said. “The Fourth Grade Folder Contest is just one example of how to engage students and encourage them to make smart decisions throughout their lives.”
To view the Fourth Grade Folder Contest presentation, please visit: https://drugfreenj.org/