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  Students Saying "Think of Me" with Anti-Drinking and Driving Campaign

Dec 06, 2018 11:39 ET

Students at Pringle Creek Public School helped launch the third annual "Think of Me" bag campaign this morning. This partnership between the DRPS, the LCBO and local school boards had more than 46,000 students from across Durham Region decorating brown paper bags with powerful anti-drinking and driving messages. Customers at the LCBO will see their holiday purchases wrapped in these messages in hopes they think twice about getting behind the wheels of a car while intoxicated.

In the campaign's first year, DRPS Whitby School Liaison Officer Cst. Jason Cockburn worked with an LCBO Store Manager, Don Oliver, to distribute blank brown paper bags to schools and more than 5,000 bags were created. Last year, more than 25,000 students decorated bags. And this year's total is more than 46,000 decorated bags in the Durham Region--making it the largest contributor to the LCBO's program.

Each school picked their favourite bag and the best ten bags--five from elementary and five from secondary schools--were chosen by DRPS and the LCBO for display at the launch.

The elementary winners were:

East Division: St John Bosco Catholic School, Lauren Fishwick - Grade 7

Central East Division: Glen Street Public School, Chalyn Duff - Grade 7

Central West Division: Dr. Robert Thornton Public School, Mariah Martin - Grade 8

West Division: St Francis de Sales, Vanessa Jackova - Grade 4

North Division Winner: Holy Family Catholic School, Natalia Middleton - Grade 8

The secondary winners were:

East Division: Bowmanville High School, Haley Allen - Grade 11

Central East Division: O'Neil Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Ciel Desaulniers - Grade 9

Central West Division: Brooklin High School, Jessica Lappin - Grade 12

West Division: J Clarke Richardson Collegiate, Iqra Zahid - Grade 10 and Daniel Hubbarde - Grade 11

North Division Winner: Port Perry High School, Jessica Sorichetti - Grade 11

DRPS Chief Martin chose the winning bag to be entered into the provincial wide contest and it was a tie between Dr. Robert Thornton Public School (Mariah Martin) and St John Bosco Catholic School (Lauren Fishwick). Should they be chosen as the provincial winners, their message will be printed on thousands of bags and distributed at LCBOs during the May long weekend.

DRPS is asking residents to take to social media to expand the students' message. When you receive one of these bags at an LCBO, take a photo and share on social media with the hashtag: #Thinkofme

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Below are attached files.
Winning Bag Designers (JPG file, 314.1K bytes)
Bag Designs (JPG file, 4,011.3K bytes)
Chief Speaks to the Students (JPG file, 1,310.8K bytes)
Collecting Bags (JPG file, 1,532.2K bytes)
Don Oliver from LCBO Speaks (JPG file, 1,013.4K bytes)
Kids Show Off Their Bags (JPG file, 1,497.1K bytes)
Amazing Art Work (JPG file, 2,477.1K bytes)
Cst Cockburn Speaks to Students (JPG file, 1,854.1K bytes)
Winning Bag Designs (JPG file, 938.2K bytes)