Giana Rivera Awarded 1st Prize in the 2017 National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest
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Saturday, December 09, 2017
Congratulations Giana!
Congratulations Giana!

For the second time in two years, Chapin Street School 3rd grader, Giana Rivera, captured the first place award for the National Family Partnership (NFP) 2017 Red Ribbon Week Photo contest for Region I/Home Decoration.  This year’s theme was - Your Future Is The Key, So Stay Drug Free. As a 1st grade student at East Street School Giana won for her themed poster Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.

National Red Ribbon Week began in 1985 and was started by the National Family Partnership in response to the abduction and murder of DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. Since its inception, the campaign has touched millions of lives to promote and celebrate drug free living.

“It made me feel proud that I could win again,” said Giana. “I am happy that I can help people spread the word to stop taking drugs.”

“I made a poster that shows your future is key,” shared Giana. “My mom helped me make the key, because she is artistic, and then I used ideas from the logo that was online to finish the poster.”

“I feel excited that Giana won, and am so proud that she represents the town of Ludlow and helped Chapin Street School win $1,000,” shared Giana’s mother, Isabel Rivera. “Our goal with this contest is to spread drug awareness. If it helps prevent children from trying drugs, it will reduce the addiction and help to keep children healthy and live longer lives.”

“Children have to be aware that sometimes drug will be offered to them and it could look like candy. It’s important to be aware and always say no and tell an adult,” continued Rivera. “I want them to know at a young age that someone may offer them drugs and they need to resist peer pressure and be aware of what is out there.”

Giana’s teacher, Judi Humphries, was very excited to learn that her student’s artwork had been selected as this year’s first place poster. “Giana is a great student and a conscientious and enthusiastic learner.  We all are very proud of her for this accomplishment.”

“I was pleased and proud to learn that Giana not only participated in the Red Ribbon contest but that her poster won the first prize award in region 1," stated Chapin Street Principal, Nikki Reed. "To know that her artwork will educate and inspire students about drug awareness, not only here at Chapin Street, but across the country, is amazing.” 

 Nikki Reed, Chapin Street Principal, Giana Rivera & Judi Humphries, 3rd grade teacher


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