McNair Middle School sixth grade student Jaidah Bienaime was recently awarded first place in the 2019 Governor’s Red Ribbon Poster contest. Principal John Madden, Jr. and Maurel Denge, the school’s visual arts teacher, proudly took to Twitter to share Bienaime’s work and salute her for her talent.
Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October across the nation. The annual Georgia Red Ribbon Campaign Kick-off highlights a visual arts segment with an art walk display of all poster contest entries and announcement of winning posters from across the state.
This year’s poster contest theme was “Life is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free.” Bienaime swept the competition winning her own category, and placing first overall out of hundreds of elementary, middle and high school student submissions. She received two certificates of achievement at an award ceremony at Mableton House Amphitheatre where she was accompanied by Denge.
Bienaime’s poster will be featured in next year’s Governor’s Red Ribbon Campaign Planning and Resource Guide, which is distributed to schools and organizations across Georgia.
This year in Fulton County Schools, the theme of Red Ribbon Week was “Send a Message. Stay Drug Free.” Counselors, psychologists, and social workers provided buttons, pins and information on making healthy and safe choices. Students also had the opportunity to participate in activities to bring awareness, including a video contest and canned food drives.
Photo Credit: Maurel Denge, Principal John Madden, Jr.