CASAC announces poster contest deadline March 21

“What Keeps Me Above the Influence?” is the theme for the 2014 poster contest sponsored by Chautauqua Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC). The contest is open to all Chautauqua County students, grades 3 through 12. Contest rules are available oat To encourage participation, 18,000 bookmarks featuring 2013 winners were distributed to all county students. Currently the 2013 Grand Prize poster designed by Alexis Stanley of Panama Central School can be seen on billboards scattered around the county.

March 21 is the deadline to submit a poster. With more than 500 entries expected, JCC art students will conduct a preliminary judging to eliminate all but 12 finalists, four in each grade-level category: Category A, grades 3 5, Category B, grades 6 8, and Category C, grades 9 12. The final 12 posters will compete at an award ceremony scheduled for April 9th at the Prendergast Library. The four posters in each category are judged for 1st ($50), 2nd ($25) and 3rd ($20) places. The poster with the highest score overall will be the 2014 Grand Prize ($100). The contest is funded by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant.

Since 1974, CASAC, a United Way supported agency, has provided prevention education and community awareness regarding alcohol and other drugs. CASAC is the only New York State Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) approved and supported alcohol and other drug prevention agency in Chautauqua County. For further information about CASAC’s poster contest or other programs and services, call the Jamestown office at 664-3608, or the Dunkirk office at 366-4623, or go to CASAC’s website,