Classmates4Life Drug-Awareness Contest

Classmates4Life Drug-Awareness Contest

Frederick County Public Schools invites students at all levels—elementary, middle and high schools—to participate in the 2nd annual Classmates4Life Drug Awareness video contest. The contest encourages FCPS students to produce short public service announcements to help curb drug abuse. In its first year, more than 100 students across the county participated. More are expected this year.

Frederick County Council Member Billy Shreve, who was instrumental in developing the contest, says, “Drug abuse continues to be a serious problem in our county, our state, and our nation. But we know that when young people talk to their peers about the dangers of drugs and how to avoid them, we can save lives. We want kids to have the loudest voices rallying against drugs. The Classmates4Life video contest is an enormously successful, proven way to do that.”

FCPS Superintendent Terry Alban agrees: “Our students are creative and determined advocates for the issues that matter most in our society. I have been amazed at the effective and compelling anti-drug messages they have produced. I’m looking forward to seeing their work again. Their work will once again help to change lives.”

The countywide video contest begins with a kick-off event at the FCPS Career and Technology Center on Tuesday, December 19. Councilman Shreve and Superintendent Alban will join other distinguished guests including students at 10 a.m. The contest, in its second year, sends a message that preventing drug abuse is one of our county’s highest priorities. Collaborating as sponsors in the contest are: Frederick County Public Schools, Rotary Clubs of Frederick County, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Mac Business Solutions, Maryland International Film Festival, the PTA of Frederick County, and Wells House.

Students are asked to produce a creative video, 30-60 seconds long, that highlights drug-abuse danger and motivates their peers to choose life. The videos should answer one of two questions: at the elementary level, “How are drugs bad?” and at the secondary level, “How can drugs wreck your world?” Videos are due by March 1.

The public can view each video and vote on YouTube by clicking the thumbs up symbol for the one they deem best. Voting will take place from March 5-14. An expert panel of judges will also review the entries. Winners will receive prizes and attend a “red carpet” awards ceremony and resource fair at Frederick High School on Wednesday, March 21 [postponed due to inclement weather to Wednesday, April 18]. Prizes include iPhone 7s, a GoPro, tickets to an Orioles game with a tour of Orioles Productions, and much more.

View the promotional video: