Artists and poets in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade were invited to participate in the contest by creating original works of art that demonstrate their healthy choices. The contest is made possible through a generous sponsorship from Evans Bank. The full list of winners can be found on www.wnyunited.org.
Over the past 5 years, more than 1500 students have participated in this contest. This year alone, there were over 200 entries! Each piece of artwork submitted was judged by the Admin team and Prevention Specialists from WNY United using a scale that included “Creativity”, “Craftsmanship and Skill” and “Clarity of the Message”. All first, second and third place winners will receive a cash prize and certificate, all honorable mentions will receive a certificate.
WNY United has partnered with the Hamburg Fairgrounds and the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights to showcase the winning pieces in the Drive Safe Forest throughout the month of December. In the forest stands a 10 foot tall Drive Safe Tree decorated with hundreds of ornaments created by local students. Each ornament represents that child’s wish that adults refrain from driving while impaired by alcohol, prescription medications, or other drugs this holiday season.
Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard will be present for the ceremony along with representatives from the Hamburg Fairgrounds, Evans Bank, and WNY United.