Anti-bullying, anti-drug posters earn honors for South Loop 6th graders

By Saleema S., parent

South Loop 6th graders Zara Linneman and Ava Gladfelter were honored at an awards ceremony hosted by Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx for her office’s annual countywide anti-bullying and anti-drug poster contest.

The ceremony was held May 22 at the National Museum of Mexican Art, where emcee Jim Rose, sports anchor for ABC-7, recognized 13 winners out of over 500 contestants in grades 6th through 8th. Zara won first place and Ava took fourth place in the 6th-grade division.
Parents, grandparents, siblings and friends attended the ceremony and lunch. Students from many backgrounds were represented among the winners. Foxx gave a shoutout to the “girl power” in the room, noting that all 13 winners were girls!

Both Zara’s and Ava’s posters had an anti-bullying message for students. Zara’s poster said: “You never know what someone might be thinking. Stop bullying. It can lead to terrible things.” Ava’s poster said: “Stop. Bullying hurts at a deeper level.”

“I know that bullying and drug use is a big problem that we have everywhere, and I’m so happy that 6th through 8th graders are able to use their artistic abilities to tell people to just stop,” said Ava. “I think that says something about young people who don’t necessarily have a lot of power but who are trying their best to change what they can so that hopefully we don’t have to grow up with more bullying and drug use.”
“I think that these issues are so prominent in today’s society and it is important for people to get involved and stand against drugs and bullying,” said Zara. “The posters were all amazing and it is awesome to see young people getting involved and using their artistic tal

ents to help them.”
The posters were created as part of Mrs. Paulette Mitchell’s art class. This was the first year South Loop students entered the annual contest. The winning posters will be featured in a 2019 calendar distributed by Foxx’s office.

Ava and Zara received several prizes, including Chicago White Sox tickets, Chicago Sky tickets, Sky High trampoline park tickets, Go Apes ropes course tickets, and tickets to the Goodman Theatre for “A Christmas Carol.” Zara also received a scholarship for an arts camp at the School of the Art Institute.