The contest is being sponsored by the Council on Chemical Abuse (COCA) in recognition of March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month. COCA has held a gambling-themed poster contest for several years, but this is the first year that a video contest has been included. It is also the first year that senior citizens are eligible to enter.
The contest is open to all Berks County students in grades 3 through 12, including cyber-schooled and home-schooled youth, as well as to Berks County senior citizens ages 60 and up.. Submissions will be judged in four age categories: elementary (grades 3-5), middle school (grades 6-9), high school (grades 10-12), and senior citizens.
Multiple prizes will be awarded in each category, include gift cards worth up to $100, Reading Fightin’ Phils tickets and recognition online. In addition, the first place winners of the poster contest will have their artwork displayed on billboards around Berks County.