Local teacher wins photo. contest & $2,000 for drug/alcohol prevention

Local teacher, Vickie Schultz, wins 2017 National Red Ribbon Photo Contest put on by the National Family Partnership.  She wins not only two iPads for herself, but also $2,000 for Cambridge Springs Jr./Sr. High School for drug prevention.

Shultz decorated the school campus and her home according to this year's theme, 'Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free'.  Close to 30,000 votes were cast in support of more than 350 contest entries, Shultz taking home the top prize in the region.  

A representative for Shultz and the school says, "Students, faculty and staff were fearlessly led by Business Teacher Vickie Schultz in decorating the campus with this year’s theme...  At the same time, Schultz and her family honored the tradition of the nation’s oldest drug prevention campaign by decorating their home to promote their commitment to living a healthy and drug-free lifestyle."

The $2,000 donated to drug prevention comes from the contest co-sponsors, the Drug Enforcement Administration.  Shultz understands working with kids and having her own just how important these programs are.  She says, “I have a junior and a freshman in my house and this is the age when kids are starting to try alcohol and smoking weed, so I have a vested interest in this topic...  We’ve also been discussing it in class with students and from what I’ve learned, every ten minutes someone in the U.S. dies from a drug overdose. These students are our future workforce. They need to be productive in society. I don’t want them to become statistics.”

“With our nation’s current opioid epidemic, drug prevention is more important than ever,” says NFP President Peggy Sapp. “We designed the contest to involve families, schools, and communities in delivering drug prevention messages to children in a fun and uniting way. We are inspired by the winners and their wonderful stories.”

See all 2017 winning photo entries at www.redribbon.org/contest/winners.   To learn more about Red Ribbon Week and the contest, visit www.RedRibbon.org.

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