GODFREY — A North Elementary School pupil’s winning artistic creation earned the student and her classmates pizza from a prosecutor Friday afternoon.
Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons delivered pizza to the classroom of teacher Ann Wells in honor of fourth-grader Cecilia Parker being named one of three Red Ribbon Week Anti-Drug Poster Contest winners.
Cecilia’s winning poster depicts a girl looking in a mirror surrounded by words like “loyal,” “healthy,” “forgiving” and “intelligent.” Hundreds of third- to fifth-grade Madison County students submitted posters with this year’s Red Ribbon Week theme of “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.”
Gibbons said Cecilia’s poster stood out to the contest’s judges from his office.
“She talked about the positive parts of making a good choice,” Gibbons said.
Gibbons talked to the class about his job as the county’s top prosecutor. He said a state’s attorney asks judges to send criminals to jail or to provide treatment for drug and alcohol addiction.
“We make sure they are held accountable,” he said. “If you make a bad choice, sometimes you have to pay the price.”
The Red Ribbon Campaign, held every October since 1986, is one of the nation’s largest drug prevention campaigns. The effort began in support of a DEA agent killed by drug traffickers in 1985. More information can be found at http://www.nfp.org/.
The other winners were third-grader Chloe Campbell of Bernard Long Elementary School in Madison and fifth-grader Tianna Thiems of Woodland Elementary School in Edwardsville. Their posters will be displayed at the Madison County Administration Building in Edwardsville until the end of Red Ribbon Week on Oct. 31. The posters will be mailed back to the winning students.