The New Jersey Education Association’s Emmy Award-winning TV program Classroom Close-up, NJ is launching a video contest to bring awareness to drug prevention among teens in New Jersey. Teachers can submit student-produced videos demonstrating the dangers of illegal drug use among their peers.
In its first contest, Classroom Close-up, NJ invited teachers to submit student-created videos on the topic of bullying. With nearly 40 entries and thousands of views on the show’s website and Facebook page, NJEA has decided to implement a monthly contest.
“With the great success and the quality videos we received during the anti-bullying contest, we plan to continue to bring awareness to more issues such as drug-prevention and driver safety through more competitions,” said the show’s host, NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan.
On March 1, NJEA plans to deploy its second contest on the topic of drug prevention. New Jersey educators agree that drug abuse is a concern in the public schools. A recent study performed by Duke University and Penn State details the dangers related to drug use by teenagers in the United States. The study cites significant, lifelong implications for teens choosing to use prescription and other illegal drugs. The anti-drug video contest will encourage students to make a video (5 minute time limit) about why drug use is detrimental to teens.
“We are using the popularity of video contests to bring greater awareness to the growing problem of drug use among teens,” said Blistan. For more information on the contest or to submit an entry go to Classroom Close-up, NJ.
Classroom Close-Up, NJ can be seen on NJTV on Sundays at 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and shows are always available at Classroom Close-up, NJ.