LYNDONVILLE --Students from Burke Town and Newark Street schools have been announced as the winners of the Anti-Bullying Poster contest held by the Safe Schools-Healthy Students Initiative at Caledonia North Supervisory Union. The winner of the elementary school level was third-grader Sophie Channon from Newark. Olivia Gilman from Burke's sixth-grade class was the winner in the middle school category.

Posters are on display at the Safe Schools-Healthy Students office and area businesses. Both winners will receive gift certificates from Green Mountain Books.

The poster contest was part of anti-bullying activities during National Anti-bullying Month in October. Schools in the district were invited to submit student entries demonstrating what to do when bullying happens. Posters were judged by clarity of message and creativity.

"It was such a hard choice because they all had such a strong message" said contest judge Kim Crady-Smith, owner of Green Mountain Books. SS-HS staff and judges were also pleased to see that the posters demonstrated students understand the important elements of bullying prevention and intervention.

CNSU's Safe Schools-Healthy Students Initiative is part of the Federal Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative, a collaboration of the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice to address rising concerns about youth violence, substance abuse, and school safety through grants to local community partnerships throughout the country.

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