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Project Safe Neighborhoods to Recognize Winning Poster Artists

This Friday and Saturday on St. Croix and St. Thomas, Project Safe Neighborhoods will recognize nine artists and their winning artwork in its "Draw Against Gang/Gun Violence" poster contest.

In its ongoing efforts to improve the safety and security of all Virgin Islanders, Project Safe Neighborhoods encouraged students in grades 1–12 to submit originals works of art that contain a message against gang violence and crime — for example, "More Family Time Means Less Gang Crime," "Stop the Gang Violence," or "Federal Time for Gang Crime," among others.

The art originated from drawings, paintings and computer graphics done in conjunction with school art programs or on a student’s own. Artwork was judged on originality, creativity, concept, and layout.

Nine finalists were chosen, three each in these categories: elementary school, grades 1 to 5; middle school, grades 6 to 8; and high school, grades 9 to 12. All finalists will receive a netbook valued at $ 350. On St. Croix, six of the nine winning finalists will be on hand to receive their congratulations and prizes on Friday at 5:30 p.m., at Eulalie Rivera Elementary School in Frederiksted.

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On Saturday, three of the nine finalists will be on hand on St. Thomas to receive their congratulations and prizes at the V.I. Council on the Arts at 5070 Norre Gade. All submitted artwork will be on display for both days.

The winning artwork will be duplicated into posters and displayed at businesses, schools and public outlets throughout the territory and will be forwarded to Project Safe Neighborhoods headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Winning entries can be viewed at www.drawagainstgunviolence.com and at public and private schools in the territory. There was no fee for entering the contest.

For more information, visit www.drawagainstgunviolence.com.

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