Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center

Perkins students participate in Art Contest, the talent among us

March 20th, 2020

Though our students are home for Spring Break, we would like to continue to recognize and celebrate their successes. Recently the Recreation Department hosted an Art Contest with the following guidelines: submit a work of art (painting, drawing, sketch, etc.) inspired by someone who lost their life to substance abuse. It could be a friend, family member, celebrity or fictional character. Deadline for submission was March 1 and pieces were to be submitted to the Arts and Crafts room. There were 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Participating students were also offered a positive, incentive coin, or fast pass to Wal-Mart. Students were really engaged in this activity, one student Christopher Holbrook was overheard excitingly talking about creating a song. The first place winner was Security trainee Dontey Foust who created two drawings, one portraying a conversation between a bottle of alcohol and a marijuana cigarette above a victim they had taken. The other, a very well drawn acronym “DEAD, drugs end all dreams.” Our students are all too familiar with the effects that substance use can have on their family and friends. They consume an active role in alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use prevention and education. Focusing on their employability and future careers, exercises and contest such as these give them opportunities to express themselves in a positive, and caring environment. Dontey is pictured below with his winning art piece.