Chuck Ruffino, elementary art teacher at Lake Shore Central School District, was recently awarded the Friends of Prevention award at the beginning of the Bisons family day game at the Coca-Cola Field. While presenting the award, Erie County Legislator Edward Rath noted that Ruffino achieved 100 percent participation from students in the AJ Schmidt Elementary School in the "First Night Buffalo" poster contest. Through creative teaching strategies, kindergartners through fifth grade learned the principles of design and elements of art while developing their posters. Color, shape, lines and texture came alive through posters promoting drug and alcohol free lifestyles. Three AJ Schmidt students won first, second and third places and received awards from Mayor Brown in December.