The Wellington Rotary Club is currently sponsoring the ninth annual School Bus Underage Drinking Prevention Media Contest.
“This project is open to all Palm Beach County residents in grades K-12 and is designed to increase the number of students who report being alcohol free,” Wellington Rotary Club President Tom Carreras said.
Students are encouraged to make a poster and/or a video that incorporates the theme, “Superhero Me. Alcohol Free.”
“This educational campaign is truly unique and has had remarkable success,” said Alexa Lee, director of programs at the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition (PBCSAC). “Since the project’s inception, there has been a decrease of underage drinking by nearly 17 percent.”
Co-sponsored by the Hanley Center Foundation, the Michael Joseph Brink Foundation, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the South Florida Fair, the School District of Palm Beach County and PBCSAC, the top 100 entries are displayed during the 2019 South Florida Fair.
More than 100 volunteers place the winning artwork on Palm Beach County School District buses for 60,000 students to view daily, and winning videos will be hosted on the coalition’s web site. Rules and entry form can be found on www.pbcbusposter.org.
Prizes include the following:
• Two $1,000 scholarships offered by the Hanley Foundation and the Judy Carreras Foundation.
• Six $100 gift cards; two each for elementary, middle and high School.
• The video PSA winner will receive one $500 scholarship offered by the Michael Joseph Brink Foundation.
In addition, all entries received are eligible to win one of several $50 gift cards.
The deadline to submit poster entries is Friday, Nov. 30 at 11:59 p.m., and video entries are due Sunday, Dec. 16 at 11:59 p.m.