Paxon Hollow Middle School student Ryan Fazio is Mr. November in the 2017 Delaware County Department of Human Services calendar.
The seventh grader was one of the winners of the 28th annual Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Awareness Poster Contest. His work, a black-hooded figure sitting on a throne surrounded by butts and matchbooks with the caption, “Don’t Smoke Cigarettes – They’ll Turn You to the Dark Side!” is most appropriate for that month, as Nov. 16 is the Great American Smokeout.
The annual event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, encourages smokers across the nation to use the date to make a plan to quit or decide in advance to quit smoking that day.
“Ryan’s poster is not just in the calendar; he was named Best Artist of this year’s contest,” said Marple Newtown School District Superintendent Dr. Carol Cary at the school board’s January meeting. “Your design is terrific and your message is true.”
The contest, sponsored by Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems and funded by the county agency, was open to county youth from kindergarten to eighth grade. The goal was to encourage all students to value healthy lifestyles and think about the consequences of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and to reinforce each school’s prevention programming.
More than 700 posters were designed and submitted by kids representing 25 schools and organizations. The calendar features the prize-winning entries from last year’s contest and headshots of the winners.
January was School Director Recognition Month and Cary acknowledged the nine Marple Newtown board members for their dedication to public education.
“They establish policies that provide the framework for our school district,” she said. “They spend countless hours each year on their school-related duties and responsibilities – all without pay!”