South Roxana Elementary School fifth-grader Savannah Squires’ winning Red Ribbon Week poster.
A South Roxana Elementary student is among the winners in Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons’ fifth annual Anti-Drug Poster Contest in honor of 2015’s Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31.
Third- to fifth-grade Madison County students submitted posters with this year’s Red Ribbon Week theme, “Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.”
The winning entries are displayed on the fourth floor outside of the State’s Attorney’s Office in the County Administration Building. Each student winner will receive a pizza luncheon for their class delivered by Gibbons.
The winners are:
- Third grade: Hanna Behnen, Woodland Elementary, Edwardsville
- Fourth grade: Samantha Bock, Woodland Elementary, Edwardsville
- Fifth grade: Savannah Squires, South Roxana Elementary
Gibbons praised the work of students and their teachers for participating in this year’s contest.
“I appreciate those teachers who take the time out of their busy schedules to work with their students on this important issue,” Gibbons said. “I always enjoy seeing how they interpret each year’s theme through art. We want our poster contest to encourage kids to think about what it means to be drug-free. I’m hopeful that this activity provides a foundation for them to make the right choices as they grow up.”
The Red Ribbon campaign began in support of a DEA agent who was killed in 1985 by drug traffickers. Displaying a red ribbon demonstrates support of a drug-free America. The Red Ribbon Campaign, held every October since 1986, is one of the largest drug-prevention campaigns in the country. More information is at http://www.nfp.org/.
Along with the winners, other finalists from each grade have their posters displayed at the County Administration Building. Posters were judged by a committee within the office.