SMART Drug-Free Contest- CASH PRIZE!

Alcohol Prevention School Bus Poster Contest


Contest Guidelines and Entry Form

 “All students in all Palm Beach County schools are encouraged to participate in the 2nd Annual Palm Beach County Alcohol Prevention Poster Contest. Posters will promote a positive underage drinking prevention message along with an educational fact. They can be written in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole or Portuguese.
The top six posters (two elementary, two middle, and two high schools) will be displayed on all school buses throughout the District. Semi-finalists will be featured at the 2012 South Florida Fair. The deadline to submit all entries is Friday, December 9, 2011 at 11:59 p.m.

Winners receive an A for the project in class, $100 cash, and also will have their art displayed in dozens of District school busses for bragging rights!

 This looks GREAT for portfolio/resume.

THE DO’s (Specifications)

  • Your poster may use either digital art media or freestyle media (markers, ink, pencils, pastels, watercolor, paintings, collage, mixed media, or any combination).
  • 8×5 inches high, landscape orientation
  • Write a short, catchy positive alcohol prevention message.
    Keep the poster images positive.
  • Include one fact about how alcohol affects youth.
  • Avoid using pictures of alcohol or bottles in your artwork.
  • Avoid beginning your message with “Don’t” (see examples).
  • Use original or copyright-free artwork.
  • Write your message in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, or Portuguese


  • Do not use scary pictures or messages (i.e. no car crashes, grim reapers, tombstones, etc.).
  • Do not use cartoon characters that are copyright protected (i.e., Sponge Bob, Shrek).
  • Do not use brand name products on the posters (e.g., Snickers, Doritos, Coca-Cola).


Semi-finalists will be featured at the 2012 South Florida Fair. The top six entries (two elementary, two middle, and two high school) will each win $100.00

Winners will be notified by January 18, 2012 and invited to attend the Awards Ceremony on Monday, February 20, 2012.



All entries become the property of the Project SMART and Acreage Loxahatchee Rotary Club. No entries will be returned.



Sample Alcohol Facts

  1. Drinking alcohol before 21 can affect your mood and your thinking
  2. Alcohol can cause your brain to feel foggy and make you think and see differently
  3. People who drink alcohol cannot control their behavior (they may do silly things or be violent). And their movements are more clumsy and uncoordinated
  4. Drinking alcohol can cause learning and memory problems
  5. Most Palm Beach County youth are alcohol-free. (2010 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey, Palm Beach County Report)
  6. Kids who start drinking by 15 have a 4 times great chance of becoming addicted to alcohol (
  7. Alcohol blocks some messages to your brain. This changes your perceptions, emotions, movement, vision, and hearing (
  8. Underage drinking affects all areas of an athlete’s life including social, physical, mental, academic, and legal (
  9. It is illegal for anyone in the United States under the age of 21 to buy or drink alcohol
  10. Alcohol is actually a depressant. That means it’s a drug that slows down or depresses the brain (
  11. Binge drinking, that is drinking five or more drinks in a row by males or four or more drinks in a row by females, can lead to alcohol poisoning, which can cause death (
  12. Your brain develops until your mid-twenties. Alcohol can affect the parts of the brain that control coordination, impulse control, memory and decision making (

Examples of Short, Positive, Alcohol Prevention Messages

1 Be wise: be alcohol-free.
2 When you start drinking, you stop thinking.
3 Alcohol ties you in knots.
4 Saveyour brain, be alcohol-fre.
5 Alcohol-free keeps you smart.

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