The Brainerd Lakes Area Drug Education coalition, or BLADE, recently hosted a coloring contest for area youth in kindergarten through eighth grade, and made calendars with the winning entries.

The theme was to draw something demonstrating a positive choice the students made or something that makes them feel better when they feel sad or mad.

BLADE’s vision is to promote positive thinking in youth, in an educational format, to help reduce the risk of later substance abuse.

After judging took place by coalition members, the following students were awarded a copy of their calendar, a certificate, an electronic drawing pad and a BLADE themed hooded sweatshirt:

  • Trevor Homan, a first grader at Eagle View Elementary School in Breezy Point, drew opening the door for someone carrying coffee.

  • Eli Franke, a fourth grader at Baxter Elementary School, playing Legos.

  • Betty Larsen, a fourth grader who is home schooled, love.

  • Margaret Prahm, a third grader at Lowell Elementary School in Brainerd, riding and petting horses.

  • Jayden Molash, a second grader at Harrison Elementary School in Brainerd, singing.

  • Sofia Fargo, a third grader at Lowell, going for a walk.

  • Isal Katzenberger, kindergartner at Baxter, enjoying a rainbow.

  • Bryson Gall, a second grader at Harrison, watching jets in the sky.

  • Elia Cullett, a fourth grader at Pillager Elementary School, riding a bike.

  • Gus Hanske, a third grader at Lowell, spending time by the family’s apple tree.

  • Fern Schmidt, a third grader at Lowell, climbing the family’s tree.

  • Joseph Johnson, a second grader at Harrison, reading in the library.

  • Paige Galles, a seventh grader at Pequot Lakes Middle School, spending time with her cat.

  • Kellen Gaylord, sixth grader at Pequot Lakes Middle School, fishing and drawing.

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BLADE information can be found on Facebook or bladeinitiative.org.