Hudson and Mercer County Students Win PDFNJ Statewide Fourth Grade Folder Contest



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Hudson and Mercer County Students Win PDFNJ Statewide Fourth Grade Folder Contest

MILLBURN — More than 3,400 fourth grade students from across New Jersey have showcased their artistic skills and entered the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s (PDFNJ) Design a Fourth Grade Folder contest this year. The talented winners were chosen out of 28 finalists who were showcased in a virtual award ceremony held on May 12th. 

Channing Jervis from Huber Street School in Seacaucus, Hudson County; and Wade Bullard from Lawrence Intermediate School in Lawrenceville, Mercer County; were selected as co-winners of the contest.  Their designs will be featured on the 40,000 folders distributed to fourth grade classrooms throughout the state this fall. Classroom posters featuring all of the finalist’s designs will be distributed to the classrooms as well.


Channing Jervis                                    Wade Bullard

The awards ceremony has typically been held at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, but due to COVID-19 the ceremony was held virtually. All 29 fourth grade student finalists will receive medals for their creative peer-to-peer substance use prevention artwork following the theme “Fun Things to Do Instead of Drugs.”

“These students should not only be commended for their creative ability, but also for sharing these important drug-free messages with their peers,” said Angelo Valente, Executive Director of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey. “Their artwork showcases the importance of living a drug-free life and what it means to them.”

Channing’s winning design entitled “Never Let Drugs Control You” won him the winning spot, and Wade won the top spot for his design entitled, “New Jersey Drug Free, Full of Fun Things To Do”.

“It is never too early to begin the conversation and educate today’s youth about substance use and prevention efforts,” states Valente.  “The Fourth Grade Folder Contest is just one example of how to engage students and encourage them to make smart decisions throughout their lives.”

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Best known for its statewide substance use prevention advertising campaign, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is a private not-for-profit coalition of professionals from the communications, corporate and government communities whose collective mission is to reduce demand for illicit drugs in New Jersey through media communication. To date, more than $100 million in broadcast time and print space has been donated to the Partnership’s New Jersey campaign, making it the largest public service advertising campaign in New Jersey’s history. Since its inception the Partnership has garnered 174 advertising and public relations awards from national, regional and statewide media organizations.