The Peoria Unified School District teamed up with the Peoria Police Department to hold the 4th annual Anti-Bullying Art Contest. Students in third- through twelfth-grade were challenged to create a visual image or photo that best represented the theme: #ThinkTwiceBeforeYouType.
The winners are:
- In the third- through fifth-grade category, Raeli Smith, Alta Loma Elementary School. Smith was a winner in this category the last two years.
- In the sixth- through eighth-grade category, Lyndzi Ramos, Foothills Elementary School
- In the ninth- through twelfth-grade category, Katia Palomares, Raymond S. Kellis High School. Palomares was a winner in this category last year.
While cyberbullying remains the largest concern among today’s youth, Peoria Unified has a zero tolerance policy on bullying and the art contest helps bring awareness to students. More than 100 pieces of art were submitted and judged by a panel of Peoria Police Department personnel. Winners were revealed at the Peoria Arts & Cultural Festival on April 2 by Peoria Police Chief Roy Minter, Peoria Unified K-12 Academic Administrator Steve Savoy and Peoria School Resource Officer David Fernandez. Each winner received a $50 money order, sponsored by the Peoria Police Officers Association.
School Resource Officers at Peoria Unified high schools held a separate contest for their favorite artwork among the high school category. The winner of their contest is:
- Alena Stone, Cactus High School
The district supports anti-bullying efforts by being in constant communication with school site administration, conducting student lessons and hosting parent groups. Peoria Unified has zero tolerance for bullying and remains vigilant in ensuring student safety. Artwork for this year’s contest will be used in anti-bullying communication for the 2016-17 school year.
The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. For more information, visit the district’s website, www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.