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Fourth-graders Rethink Drinking

April 9, 2018

Fourth-graders across Ohio County accepted the challenge from the Community Impact Coalition this winter to create a poster on the theme: "Rethink Don't Drink."

Twelve schools participated, and one winner was selected from each school. Each will have his or her poster made into a banner that will hang at the school during April, which is Alcohol Awareness Month nationwide. Three overall winners will have their banners displayed on billboards placed near their schools.

The top three winners, in no particular order, are Alexis Kuntz, Middle Creek Elementary School; Dayton VanFossen, Elm Grove Elementary School; and Emma Nickerson, Woodsdale Elementary School. Their posters are shown at right. School winners are JoceLynn McFarland, West Liberty; Molly George, Warwood; Nathan Lamagna, Steenrod; Gianna Pramesa, Madison; Isaac Sands, Ritchie; Addison Baker, Bethlehem; Christopher Alkhouri, St. Vincent de Paul; Madison Miehle, Our Lady of Peace and Gabriella Blake, Corpus Christi.

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Fourth grade is a crucial time for children to be influenced about everything, alcohol consumption being no exception.

"Kids at this age tend to love to learn facts, especially strange ones, and are eager to learn how things work and what sources of information are available to them. So it's a good time to openly discuss facts about alcohol: its long- and short-term effects and consequences, its physical effects, and why it's especially dangerous for growing bodies," according to



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