– The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and Drug Free Pennsylvania are launching, for the 7th year, a statewide contest for middle and high school students.
– The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and Drug Free Pennsylvania are launching, for the 7th year, a statewide contest for middle and high school students. The contest, entitled “Sound Off! A Drug Prevention Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest,” will provide an opportunity for youth to send a positive message to their peers and communities that drugs and alcohol do not have to be part of their activities. The theme of this year’s contest is: “Why Say No? Join the Conversation Against Substance Abuse”. With smartphones and tablets, notebooks and personal computers, kids today have a world gone bad, and from this information choices are made; some good, some bad. Many of today’s young people are faced with the dilemma of sorting it out on their own, so it’s up to us as counselors, educators, and parents to help them make smart choices, informed choices, the right choices. The contest is open to all public, private, and home-educated Pennsylvania students in grades 6-12. The winning PSA will be aired on television stations throughout the state as well as on YouTube and the Drug Free PA Facebook page. An award will be presented to the winning schools during a school assembly. Drug Free Pennsylvania has programs available that provide lessons to help students and adults become more familiar with the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. The programs also teach students to become critical consumers of the media. The PSA contest is a natural outgrowth of these courses of study; however, participation in the contest is not exclusive to the students who currently participate in one of these programs. Guidelines and registration forms are available at http://medialiteracypa.org/psa-contest/. If you have any questions about the contest, please contact Drug Free PA at 717-232-0300 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2014.