The 2013 CASAC Poster Contest theme is "Too Smart to Start!" Students have until April 12 to enter their poster. To promote the contest, billboards are currently displayed around Chautauqua County featuring the 2012 Grand Prize poster by Sherman student Julia Rater.
Contest rules were mailed to all county schools and can be accessed at www.casacweb.org. Bookmarks were designed featuring the 2012 winning posters and were distributed to all county schools and libraries. The collection of all past contest grand prize posters are on display through April at the Chautauqua Mall concourse near JCPenney.
Sponsored by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant, the contest is open to all county students grades 3 through 12. Jamestown Community College art students under the direction of Yu Kanazawa will conduct the preliminary judging to eliminate all but four posters in each of the three age specific categories.
CASAC Sherman art teacher Tammy Hawkins and student Julia Rater, the 2012 Grand Prize winner.
Monetary prizes will be awarded to the final 12 posters at an award ceremony on April 30 at the Prendergast Library in Jamestown, including the Grand Prize of $100.
"Not only is the poster contest a fun event for area youth," said CASAC Executive Director Pat Munson, "but we hope to spread the theme's message through parents and other adults in the community who have a responsibility and obligation to talk early and often to our youth so that our young people truly will be too smart to start."
For over 35 years, CASAC, a United Way agency, has provided prevention and education services related to alcohol and other drugs to the residents of Chautauqua County. CASAC's mission is to build a safer, healthier community by effectively addressing alcohol, other drugs and related high-risk behaviors through advocacy, hope and awareness.
For further information about the 2013 poster contest, call the CASAC offices in Jamestown at 664-3608, or in Dunkirk at 366-4623.