Friday, November 1, 2013

Red Ribbon Essay Contest Winners

Grand Prize Winner
PT Intermediate Campus
The City of Longview Partners in Prevention announced the winners of the annual Red Ribbon Week 4th Grade Essay Contest.  During Red Ribbon Week, over 1,400 essays were written by students from area school districts using 50 words or less to finish the statement, “I am drug free because…”.

An awards luncheon to recognize the grand prize winners and their teachers was provided on Tuesday, October 29th at the LeTourneau University Memorial Student Center.  Winners from the school districts of Gladewater, Hallsville, Longview, Pine Tree, Spring Hill, Trinity, and White Oak attended.

The following students were the Pine Tree ISD Intermediate Campus winners for the 2013 Red Ribbon Week Essay Contest. Daniel Brown's teacher is Ms. Neeley Smith.

1st place - Daniel Brown
2nd place - Xavier Martinez
3rd place - Madison Hughes

"We congratulation the young writers, who earned this award," said Dr. TJ Farler, Superintendent of PTISD.   "And we thank each of the teachers of Pine Tree Intermediate for providing a student-centered environment where our young writers will succeed."

As Daniel read his essay aloud to the group, his teacher Neeley Smith stood nearby nearby.   Each student read their essay.  

"This was a great event for the students and families," said Donna Pruitt, District Community Resource Coordinator.  "We appreciate the work of the City of Longview Partners in Prevention for organizing this event every year as a reminder to students to think about their actions to stay drug free."

Update:  The students were honored at the regular December 2013 School Board meeting, and each read their award-winning essay aloud for the audience.

Essay by Madison Hughes:
I am drug free because...

There are many people who do drugs, not me.  One day I plan to become a teacher, have a happy and healthy family, and a good education.  I could NOT do that if I did drugs, and that's why I pledge to be drug free.

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