Recently the Bellows Falls Elk's #1619 and the Bellows Falls Emblem Club #153 sponsored a Drug Awareness Essay Contest and gave a gift to Walpole, N H. Elementary School.
The gift was a banner for the front of the school. They were able to purchase red ribbons for each of their 400 students and staff members which represented the awareness each child had of a safe and drug free school.
Winners of the essay contest were: kindergarten, Jacob Bradley; grade 1, Erin Brady; grade 5, Jayci Webb and grade 6, Maddie Beaudry.
Here is the winning essay from last year's national winner.
Great things I can do if I stay away from drugs and alcohol
Finding a cure for cancer. Winning an Olympic medal. Becoming President of the United States. All these things can be achieved by avoiding drugs and alcohol. The use of chemicals on your brain can have devastating outcomes.
The inability to think and perform properly can prevent you from reaching your goals. My dream is to become an oncologist and work in research, in hopes of finding a cure for cancer.
I have a great desire to help the people of the world suffering from this horrible disease. If my brain was dependent on drugs, and I could not think clearly, I would be unable to concentrate on the tasks at hand necessary to complete this goal.
Another passion of mine is tennis. Without a properly functioning brain, the coordination and physical skills needed to play would be diminished. The hopes of playing at the Olympics would be dashed.
A drug-free life is my vow, and I am destined for greatness! I can achieve anything and everything I want in this world by pledging to steer clear of alcohol and illegal substances! Watch out cancer, here I come.