Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that the 29th annual crime prevention poster contest calendars are being distributed free of charge at all County library locations and local police departments. The calendar showcases the winning twelve posters of those drawn by over 1,000 students from local public and private elementary and middle schools submitted from throughout the County last spring.
County Attorney Backstrom stated that each year this contest allows students to make their own positive statements about preventing illegal drug, alcohol and tobacco use and violence prevention.
Messages about chemical abuse and violence prevention as well as statistical information are also featured on each page of the 2018 calendar, along with contact phone numbers for local resources in these areas.
Local sponsors contribute to the production of the calendar and the awards ceremony to unveil the annual winners each May. Approximately 15,000 calendars are made available to students and the public each year.
Back Row (left to right): Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie; Zarina Ventor, Highland Elementary; Claire Gunyan, Highland Elementary; Caitlyn Pike, Highland Elementary; Maria Axinia, Friendly Hills Middle; and Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom.
Middle Row (left to right): Deputy Brian Smidt and K9 Dog Rex; Avary Johnson, Highland Elementary; Serafina Swanson, Highland Elementary; Isabella Giacona, Highland Elementary; and Brooke Ayano, Cedar Park/STEM.
Front Row (left to right): Ariana Edgar, Lakeview Elementary; Sierra Doll, Lakeview Elementary; Cindy Narvaez-Barbecho, Westview Elementary; and Paige Stoik, Friendly Hills Middle.
The following students were recognized as Honorable Mention recipients for their outstanding work at the May 23, 2017, awards ceremony:
Kira Clancy, Cherry View Elementary, Lilian Dahlheimer, Diamond Path Elementary, Isabella Grund-Freeland, Christina Huddleston, Hayden Heimkes, Orchard Lake/Impact Academy, Abbie Horton, Cherry View Elementary, Aneesa Ishal, Cedar Park Elementary STEM, Asiana Koonkaew, Valley Middle, Rebecca Kranz, Cedar Park Elementary STEM, Cecilia Lees, Highland Elementary, Sadie MacPhee, Highland Elementary, Annisa Nguyen, Orchard Lake/Impact Academy, Aimen Patel, Cedar Park Elementary STEM, Winnie Williams, Highland Elementary.
This annual crime prevention project would not be possible without the major contributions of Thomson Reuters, which does the layout and printing of the calendar each year, and Security Bindery, Inc., which binds the calendars annually, as well as the many other contributors, including:
Security Bindery, Inc.
Bellwood Oaks, Inc.
Bituminus Roadways Inc. - Mendota Heights
Castle Rock Bank
Dakota Electric Association
Emily's Bakery & Deli
Hastings Bus Company
Lunds & Byerlys
Mall of America
Mendota Heights VFW Post #6690
Vermillion Bank - Vermillion
If you would like more information regarding the Anti-Drug/Violence Prevention Poster Contest, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.