Hamilton Middle School students won the Ravalli County DUI Task Force Red Ribbon Week art contests with the theme of “Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Drug Free.”
The goal was to encourage children, families and the community in making positive choices for healthy, happy and drug-free lives.
DUI Task Force Coordinator Glenda Wiles said the number of entries was low this year due to COVID-19. She said it was disappointing that DUI Task Force activities have been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions and school closures.
At HMS Kelli Hollingsworth’s fifth-grade class won first place and Erin Chapman’s eight-grade class won second. Both classes enjoyed their own pizza party provided by the DUI Task Force on Thursday.
Wiles said the DUI Task Force is still deciding the high school poster contest winners. The winning high school poster entry will be made into a billboard and featured for three months on U.S. Highway 93 between Hamilton and Missoula.
Ravalli County DUI Task Force’s mission is to “promote a healthier and safer environment for county residents by reducing the number of alcohol/drug-related traffic crashes and underage drinking as well as increasing seat belt usage through public education, awareness, legislation, enforcement and collaborative strategies.” The program has been in existence since the mid-1990s and has a diverse membership, education and enforcement programs to encourage the community to make good choices.