CAPON BRIDGE — A Capon Bridge Middle School student is 1 of 6 students from the Eastern Panhandle who are regional winners in the state attorney general office’s 3rd Kids Kick Opioids contest.
Daisy Dalrymple of CBMS joined 3 students from Moorefield and 2 from Eagle Intermediate in Berkeley County as regional winners.
The competition is designed to spur creativity and raise awareness of prescription painkiller abuse.
“These entries really showcase the tremendous talent of our elementary and middle school participants,” Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said in a press release. “The entries underscore the impact of the opioid epidemic on our young students. They are growing up in a time when drug abuse runs rampant. Our hope is their artwork will bring about greater awareness and a renewed commitment to change.”
A total of 3,240 entries came from 3,422 students at 96 middle and elementary schools across West Virginia, the highest participation since Kids Kick Opioids began. The submissions included a mix of drawings, poems and other designs aimed at promoting awareness.
Many of this year’s entries shared a heartbreaking theme of students experiencing addiction in their family life.
Judges recognized 49 winning entries from 56 students overall. Those designs will be displayed in the Capitol in the coming weeks.
The statewide winner and runners up will be announced soon. The statewide winning entry will appear in newspapers across West Virginia as the Attorney General’s next public service announcement. o