HARRISBURG — Attorney General Michelle Henry congratulates the winners of the Office of Attorney General’s 27th Annual Drug-Free Calendar Contest.
In October, which is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, fifth-grade students across the Commonwealth were encouraged to create an original piece of artwork that illustrates a drug-free message. Winning works of art from 13 students were selected to appear in the 2024 calendar, which is circulated across the state in efforts to educate the public about the dangers of drug use.
“Our annual calendar contest is about celebrating the talents of our incredible students and empowering young people to make smart, safe choices,” Attorney General Henry said. “Combating the addiction epidemic continues to be one of my top priorities, and a big part of our collaborative approach is education to deter young people from experimenting or trying illegal substances. This calendar allows our students to be leaders in conveying messaging that can save lives and keep people healthy.”
Each month in the calendar is represented by a piece of artwork from a Pennsylvania student. Additionally, a student’s illustration was used for the front of the calendar.
The winners were chosen from over 2,000 submissions from 482 schools in 42 counties, based on the artists’ creativity, ability to illustrate, and inclusion of a drug-free message. Each selected student will receive a certificate and a $529 contribution to their Pennsylvania 529 College Savings Program, which is supervised by the Pennsylvania Treasury Department.
The following students were named 2024 Drug-Free Calendar Contest winners:
- Cover: Katherine Diehl, Lehighton Area Elementary Center, Carbon County
- January: Alayna Herron, Reynolds Elementary School, Mercer County
- February: Abraham Garcia, Louis H. Farrell School, Philadelphia County
- March: Luna Doerr, St. James Regional Catholic School, Delaware County
- April: Avery Smith, Forrest Hills Elementary School, Cambria County
- May: Lucian Pickens, Oakview Elementary School, Mercer County
- June: Nicholas Campbell, Gilbertsville Elementary School, Montgomery County
- July: Emme Mumma, Mowrey Elementary School, Franklin County
- August: Sebrina Mensur, E.R. Martin School, Lancaster County
- September: Manylah Mirco, Panther Valley Intermediate School, Carbon County
- October: Amelia Tubbs, S.S. Palmer Elementary School, Carbon County
- November: Juliana Vogini, Cecil Intermediate School, Washington County
- December: Navauntae Cutler, Urban Pathways Charter School, Allegheny County
Click here to view the calendar.
The drug-free calendar contest is funded through the Community Drug Abuse Prevention Fund. Fines and penalties collected from certain offenses, such as driving under the influence, contribute to the fund.
Agents and specialists from the Office of Attorney General visit schools throughout the year to meet with children to educate them about the importance of staying drug free. The programs feature customized lessons, interactive presentations and messages speaking directly to the audience. Visit www.attorneygeneral.gov or call the Office of Attorney General’s Office at 1-833-OAG-4YOU to learn more about these programs.
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