(Salisbury, MD) - Stop the Violence (STV) in Salisbury received a mini-grant from the Cigarette Restitution Fund through the Wicomico County Health Department to assist in their effort to educate children and youth on the dangers of smoking. As part of the mini-grant, a poster contest was open to all Stop the Violence participants grades K through 12, as well as 18-21 year old Stop the Violence participants.
The poster design and tobacco free messages were developed completely by the participants. Children/youth could choose to educate about the dangers of second hand smoke, peer pressure to smoke, the 4000+ chemicals in cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, or the dangers of E-Cigarettes, etc.
The art was judged on creativity, originality and the tobacco free messages included, with three top winners’ artwork placed on a digital billboard on Route 13 in Eden.
“Congratulations to the top three artists. We are proud to prominently display your tobacco free messages and art,” says Lori Brewster, Health Officer for Wicomico County.
· Elementary first place winner: Tyteona Davis
· Elementary second place winner: Love Thomas
· Middle school winner: TreVontae
Honorable mention awards were also given to Earl Hodges, Se’yanie, and Major Richardson.