DAYTON — Butler High School students Melanie Barrett and Patrick McClure were two of 150 area students honored at the 27th Annual Violence Prevention Project lunch last week.
The project, sponsored by Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck, Jr., encourages Montgomery County’s youth to submit a poster or write an essay describing how violence affects our community and suggest ways to prevent violence. Common themes in the poster contest were bullying and cyber bullying.
“I am so optimistic because of the attitudes and positive outlook of the young people such as those we acknowledged today,” said Heck. “I am proud of what they do and represent, and thank those students for being role models for others.”
Nearly 1,200 students entered the contest and each win a prize. The top 150 students were honored at a lunch at the Dayton Masonic Temple. Prosecutor Heck also recognized many area teachers, noting that it was National Teacher Appreciation Week. Teachers in attendance received a spa gift card courtesy of Square One Salon and Spa.
Sponsorship of the Violence Prevention Project this year came from Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer, Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl, Centerville Police Chief Bruce Robertson, King’s Island, the Kroger Aquatic Center at The Heights, the Dayton International Peace Museum, Aullwood Audubon Center, GZK Restaurant Systems, Dairy Queen, Wal‐Mart, Evans Bakery, Firehouse Subs, and Mike‐Sells Potato Chips.
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