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Chautauqua Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Council
Chautauqua Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC) has announced that the 2017 Alcohol Awareness Month Poster Contest is underway. The 2017 theme is “Today We Choose Our Tomorrow” and the contest’s goal is to deliver a positive no-use message to our youth regarding alcohol and other drugs. The contest encourages students to challenge their thinking and design a poster with a positive message that may influence others to make the right choices and stay alcohol-free.
With support from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant, 20,000 bookmarks were printed and are being distributed to all county schools, libraries and youth organizations. The new bookmarks feature the 12 finalists’ posters from the 2016 poster contest and serve as an announcement of the 2017 contest. It is hoped that the bookmarks will not only encourage students to participate in the 2017 contest, but will also challenge their thinking to make healthy choices throughout their lives and ultimately deliver a positive “no use” message.
This year marks the 16th anniversary of the contest which is open to all Chautauqua County students, grades 3 through 12. The contest is divided into three categories: A (grades 3, 4 & 5); B (grades 6, 7 & 8); and C (grades 9, 10, 11 & 12). All posters submitted to the contest will be entered in a preliminary judging process that will eliminate all but four posters in each category. The final twelve posters will then compete in a final judging at an award ceremony scheduled for April 5, 2017. Besides the Grand Prize of $100.00, 1st prize- $50, 2nd prize- $25, and 3rd prize- $20, the twelve finalists will be featured on bookmarks that will announce the 2018 contest next year.
Contest entry information is being sent to all county schools. Information is also available by calling the CASAC office at 664-3608, 366-4623, or can be found on CASAC’s website, www.casacweb.org. Posters must be dropped off at either CASAC office by Friday, March 17, 2017. CASAC’s Jamestown office is located at 501 West Third Street, Suites 3 & 4 Sprinchorn Building. CASAC’s Dunkirk office has recently moved and is located at 51 E. Third Street in the Gateway Building.
Because of the large number of entries, the contest rules are strictly adhered to. The contest rules are:
- 11’’ x 17’’ (ledger size) paper or poster board ONLY (other sizes will be disqualified).
- Original artwork only.
- Color or black & white posters accepted.
- NO computer generated posters accepted.
- NO three-dimensional posters accepted.
- NO trademark or publicly known figures accepted.
- The theme must be noted somewhere on the front of the poster.
- Back of poster must indicate: Student’s name, school, grade, teacher & phone #. It must be legible to be qualified.
- Posters will become property of CASAC.
Since 1974, CASAC has provided prevention and intervention services for problems related to alcohol, other drugs, and now, compulsive gambling to the residents of Chautauqua County. CASAC is the only New York State Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) approved and supported prevention agency in Chautauqua County, is one of forty community-based Councils across the state and one of over two-hundred nationwide.