Hudson County students featured at Prevention Artwork premiere
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SAY NO – Pictured from left are Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey Executive Director Angelo M. Valente, Verizon New Jersey Vice President of Public Affairs Douglas W. Schoenberger, New Jersey Department of Education Office of Family and Community Relations education specialist Felecia Nace, and the Barat Foundation CEO Chandri Barat with the winners of the 2012 “Fun Things to Do Instead of Doing Drugs” Substance Abuse Prevention Contest for fourth grade students across New Jersey. Hudson County’s winners were Malk Aziz of Christa McAuliffe School P.S. No. 28 in Jersey City and Kennedy Christiana of All Saints Catholic Academy in Bayonne. Their artwork was displayed as the grand prize-winning entries during an awards ceremony, held at the Verizon New Jersey headquarters in Newark on April 17. Their artwork will be featured on 35,000 folders that will be distributed to schools throughout New Jersey in September.
SAY NO – Pictured from left are Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey Executive Director Angelo M. Valente, Verizon New Jersey Vice President of Public Affairs Douglas W. Schoenberger, New Jersey Department of Education Office of Family and Community Relations education specialist Felecia Nace, and the Barat Foundation CEO Chandri Barat with the winners of the 2012 “Fun Things to Do Instead of Doing Drugs” Substance Abuse Prevention Contest for fourth grade students across New Jersey. Hudson County’s winners were Malk Aziz of Christa McAuliffe School P.S. No. 28 in Jersey City and Kennedy Christiana of All Saints Catholic Academy in Bayonne. Their artwork was displayed as the grand prize-winning entries during an awards ceremony, held at the Verizon New Jersey headquarters in Newark on April 17. Their artwork will be featured on 35,000 folders that will be distributed to schools throughout New Jersey in September.
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The artwork of 30 finalists was on display at the Verizon New Jersey headquarters in Newark during a ceremony honoring finalists for the 13th annual Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey/Verizon New Jersey Design a Fourth Grade Folder Contest. The theme of the contest was “Fun Things to Do Instead of Doing Drugs.”

The two grand prize winners were Malk Aziz of Christa McAuliffe School P.S. No. 28 in Jersey City, and Kennedy Christiana of All Saints Catholic Academy in Bayonne. Their peer-to-peer substance abuse prevention artwork will be featured on 35,000 folders that will be distributed to schools throughout the state in September.

“These fourth graders from around the state are setting tremendous examples for others to follow,” said Dennis Bone, president of Verizon New Jersey. “With their creativity and enthusiasm, they are to be commended for delivering compelling messages through their artwork to other students about enjoying a healthy life without drugs. Thanks to the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, this contest helps children and teens understand that there are alternatives to drugs that are fun and rewarding.”

Angelo M. Valente, executive director of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, added, “The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey has consistently believed that early prevention programs, like the Fourth Grade Folder Contest, are effective ways to actively engage New Jersey’s young people in selecting and maintaining a drug free, healthy lifestyle.”

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