Students Recognized For Creativity And Drug Prevention

By Michelle Costanza

December 8, 2012 Updated Dec 10, 2012 at 10:59 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Over 1,000 elementary school students illustrated posters in an effort to support drug prevention.

Schools and community organizations from across the nation recognize Red Ribbon Week once a year, one of the oldest and largest drug prevention programs in the United States.

YES! Safe Choices for Kids, an organization built on a partnership between Senator Libous and Lourdes Hospital, hosted a poster contest here in the Southern Tier.

Children from Broome, Tioga, and Chenango counties participated in hopes to bring home a ribbon of their own.

This year's posters were designed around the theme "The best me is drug free."

Kassie Page of Conklin was one of the winners. The point of the contest she said was "to say you really want to be drug free, and that you don't want to do drugs or anything bad for you."

Posters were judged on artistic talent, creativity, and best message. On Friday night the winners were awarded gift cards, special certificates, and tickets to see the Binghamton Senators.