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Montour Falls student wins anti-drug abuse pizza box slogan contest

A Montour Falls elementary school student is the winner in an anti-drug abuse messaging contest.

Hanlon Elementary student Peter Dechow’s message, “Pizza is good! Drugs are bad!  Which will you choose?” will go on 3,000 pizza boxes in the area as part of the Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking’s (SCCUDD) 2nd annual Pizza Box Sticker Shock contest. Other entries will be placed on SCCUDD multi-media during the month of December, and each contestant will receive a SCCUDD “Shining Star” certificate in recognition of participation.

Stickers created were to have a message that informs, persuades, or states facts about substance abuse. Messages could be about nicotine/tobacco/vaping, alcohol, and/or prescription drug abuse or illegal drug use and how it is harmful to youth. Students were encouraged to look up facts and statistics and gain knowledge of why these substances are harmful to youth.

“It is great that our Hanlon students have been able to participate in the recent SCCUDD activities.  Student awareness, regarding the dangers of drugs and alcohol, is a step in the right direction when promoting a healthy school and community.  The earlier our students understand this important topic the better chance they will have to say clean and be productive members of society in the future” stated Hanlon Elementary school principal Dr. Robert Francischelli.

SCCUDD is a group of dedicated community members, businesses, and agencies that work to prevent, reduce, and delay the onset of substance use among Schuyler County youth by collaborating with our community partners, promoting prevention education and substance-free activities, and implementing environmental strategies. SCCUDD works to reduce youth use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs as they can cause lifelong problems. SCCUDD’s vision is a connected community where youth have education, resources, and drug-free options to help their journey to become happy, healthy adults.

For more information, or to become involved with SCCUDD, visit SCCUDD online at, or follow SCCUDD on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.