The National Alliance for Marijuana Prevention is proud to support the THC Education Day Contest sponsored by The Concerned Businessmen’s Association (CBA) of Tampa Bay. CBA of Tampa Bay is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public betterment organization.

The contest is open to all Tampa area schools and students and its goal is to raise awareness of the harmful effects of marijuana and THC.

The contest directors recognize that the messages that schools and individual students send to youth and their peers is important.

This is a perfect opportunity for schools to put their best foot forward by implementing an effective drug education program that highlights the harmful effects of THC and for students to depict, in a creative way, their understanding of the harmful effects of THC on youth.

Marijuana is not a harmless, benign drug as is sometimes promoted–in particular there is a large body of evidence concerning THC, the psychoactive drug in marijuana, and its levels in marijuana, marijuana concentrates, and edibles.

CONTEST RULES & GUIDELINES

Following are the contest guidelines and rules for schools and students. Schools may submit individual entries for all three levels and students may submit entries in more than one category. The submitting artists retain ownership of their work but grant Concerned Businessmen’s Association of Tampa Bay the right to use all submissions in promotional literature, share the work on the internet, social media and with other affiliated or like-minded organization. If the artist wants to retain the original work, a high quality copy or photograph of the original may be submitted. No submissions will be returned.

All entries for both participating schools and individual students MUST BE RECEIVED by Sunday, January 15, 2017.

Submissions can be emailed to:
PJClouden@gmail.com

or mailed to:
Concerned Businessmen’s Association of Tampa Bay
1255 Cleveland Street
Suite 400
Clearwater, FL 33755

We invite all elementary, middle, and high schools and youth groups in Pasco, Pinellas, and Hillsborough Counties. Both private and public schools and groups are eligible and encouraged to participate. Youth Groups must have been in existence for at least one full year prior to February 29, 2016. They must consist of at least 20 members. Their group purpose must be clearly lawful and promote social purposes and activities.

THC EDUCATION PROGRAM SCHOOL CONTEST

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  1. Elementary schools will compete against elementary schools.
  2. Middle schools will compete against middle schools.
  3. High schools will compete against high schools.
  4. Youth groups will compete against youth groups.
  5. Each of these four groups will compete for their own $5,000 cash prize.
  6. To participate, each school or group will provide their physical address and request a contest pack. They will be sent the contest rules, a set of Truth About Drugs curriculum as an example Drug Education program, and the THC Fact Sheet.
  7. Contest judging will be based on a point system of up to 100 points.
  8. 75 points will be based on the quality of the THC education program as follows:
    • Up to 25 points for demonstrated effectiveness. See “effectiveness” below for more information.
    • Up to 25 points for the level of student participation in the program. See “coverage” below for more information.
    • Up to 25 point based on testimonials. See “testimonials” below for more information.
  9. 25 points will be based on the use of a drug education program that covers an array of drugs and drug issues (other than THC). Many existing curriculae do not yet have information specifically on THC. For example, the Truth About Drugs curriculum does yet not separately address THC. Points for the general drug education program will be awarded as follows:
    • Up to 12.5 points will awarded based on the completeness of the drug education program.
    • Up to 12.5 points will be awarded based on evidence of student participation in the full drug education program
  10. Effectiveness. Each school (elementary, middle or high school, and youth group) will submit evidence of the effectiveness of their THC education/drug education program. This will include submitting tabulated results of the after-presentation surveys included as part of the contest pack. The surveys will be filled out by participating students.
    Schools are also free to work out other ways to demonstrate their program’s effectiveness and submit this documentation with the survey results. Additional documentation as to program effectiveness may not exceed 20 pages.
  11. Coverage. Each school (elementary, middle or high school or youth group) will submit a report not to exceed two pages which details the number of students who participated in and completed the THC and general drug-education classes/presentations. Additionally, each school (elementary, middle or high school or youth group) will submit a video of no more than 10 minutes that shows the drug education program in action.
  12. Testimonials. Each school (elementary, middle or high school, or youth group) will submit no more than 10 testimonials from students, teachers or parents concerning the benefits of the THC/general drug education program. The testimonials can be written or videoed or be a combination of written and no more than 5 videos. These testimonials should focus on how the THC/general drug education program has impacted the student, teacher or parent in a way that resulted in a stronger conviction not to use drugs or lowered drug use.
  13. General. All written and video submissions must be released for use by CBA of Tampa Bay and its affiliates in promotion, on the Internet and in any other media or form. Among other uses, the testimonials and other submitted information may be used in promotional materials and on social media to showcase the contest and encourage others to implement similar drug education programs. You do not need to submit originals and submissions will not be returned. The production quality of videos will not detract from scores given. Names or any other identifying information of students, parents and teachers do not need to be provided. Videos can be provided as files on CD or thumb drive or as a link to a Youtube video.
  14. All documentation (other than videos which are submitted as YouTube links) must be sent by US Mail to:
    Concerned Businessmen’s Association of Tampa Bay
    1255 Cleveland Street Suite 400
    Clearwater, FL 33755
    The documentation must be received at the above address by Sunday, January 15, 2017.
  15. The elementary, middle school, high school and youth group winners will be chosen by a group of independent judges made up of members of the community possibly including political leaders, business people, and law enforcement. We intend to include judges from each county—Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough. If the number of submissions is high, entries may be pre-screened by CBA of Tampa Bay volunteers to narrow down possible winners to a pool of six in each category. All decisions of the judges are final and no explanation or minutes of any meetings will be kept or provided.
  16. The winners will be announced in a press release on a later date in January to be announced. All winning school principals will be notified in writing by the CBA of Tampa Bay prior to the press release announcement.
  17. Winners will be presented with their $5,000 checks at a luncheon on a later date in January to be announced. The location will also be announced at a later date.

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THC EDUCATION PROGRAM STUDENT CONTESTS

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  1. Whether or not a student’s school or youth group participates in the THC Education Program School Contest, any individual students of any elementary school, middle school or high school (both private and public) and youth group in Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties is eligible to participate in any of the THC Education Day Student Contests for their level.
  2. Elementary school students will compete against elementary school students.
  3. Middle school students will compete against middle school students.
  4. High school students will compete against high school students.
  5. Youth group students will compete against youth group students.
  6. Each level has three separate contests. Student are permitted to enter more than one contest.
  7. The three contests are:
    • Literature Contest. Entrants can write a short story (no more than 1,500 words) or poem that expresses the author’s understanding of the dangers and effect of THC on youth.
    • Song Contest. Entrants can write and record a song that expresses the author’s understanding of the dangers and effect of THC on youth. The song can be in any style. The words of the song should be submitted in writing to accompany the audio recording. Judging will be of the song itself, not the quality of the recording.
    • Visual Arts Contest. Entrants can draw or paint a picture, create graphics or take photos (any kind of two-dimensional visual arts) that expresses the author’s understanding of the dangers and effect of THC on youth.
  8. Entrants are responsible, with any family or friend collaborators, for doing their own research on THC and its harmful effects on youth. Submissions may include a list of references used as the basis for the project. Entrants may get others to help, in fact it’s encouraged that families participate and assist with research.
  9. All submissions must be emailed by January 15, 2017 to PJClouden@gmail.com or mailed so they are received by January 15, 2017 to:
    Concerned Businessmen’s Association of Tampa Bay
    1255 Cleveland Street Suite 400
    Clearwater, FL 33755
  10. The submitting artists retain ownership of their work but grant Concerned Businessmen’s Association of Tampa Bay the right to use all submissions in promotional literature, share the work on the internet, social media and with other affiliated organizations. For any original work a submitting artist wants to retain, a high quality copy or photograph of the original can be submitted. No submissions will be returned.
  11. Each contest level (elementary, middle school, high school, and youth groups) will have a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner in each of the three categories of the contest so they are a total of 27 possible winners!
    • First place winners will receive $500.
    • Second place winners will receive $250.
    • Third place winners will receive $100.
  12. Winners will be chosen by the Concerned Businessmen’s Association of Tampa Bay whose decision is final.
  13. Winners will be notified by email and mailed a letter later in January, 2017.
  14. Winners will be presented with their prize later in January, 2017 at a luncheon at a location to be announced.

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1Youth Groups must have been in existence for at least one full year prior to February 29, 2016. They must consist of at least 20 members. Their group purpose must be clearly lawful and promote social purposes and activities.