2016 Problem Gambling Awareness Month Middle School Art Search

| April 12, 2015
Bri Johnson, 8th grade, Cal Young Middle School

Young artists wanted for Oregon problem gambling awareness calendar!

All Oregon middle school students are invited to submit artwork that could be chosen to illustrate the 2016 Oregon Health Authority problem gambling awareness calendar. Twelve designs will be selected, one for each month of the year. Entry deadline to us is March 30, 2016.

Get the print-friendly flyer here!

Create a poster that illustrates one of the following messages, or develop your own message (In either case, please include the message in the poster):

  • Youth who gamble are much more likely to be involved in other risky behaviors, such as drinking, drug use, or violence.
  • Gambling can be a risky activity.
  • Gambling for money online is illegal.
  • Using free Internet gambling sites puts you at risk for identity theft and other
    serious problems.
  • Anyone with a gambling problem can get free counseling.
  • Gambling problems can happen to anyone.
  • There are better things for kids to do for fun than gamble.
  • People who gamble should set and stick to a time and money limit.
  • Signs of problem gambling: lying about gambling and betting more than intended.
  • Many of us are not aware that gambling addiction is a problem.
  • People can recover from gambling problems.

Artwork Presentation

Artwork should be on letter (8-1/2″ x 11″) white paper.


  • $50 gift certificate for calendar cover artwork.
  • $25 gift certificate for each of the other 11 months.
  • Additional prizes may be available, depending on which county you are submitting from.


The deadline to turn in your posters is March 30, 2016.. 

2015: Congratulations to the top entries in Lane County!

Congratulations and thanks to EVERYONE who participated in this year’s Problem Gambling Awareness Month Middle School Art Search.

The top poster from Lane County, selected to appear in the 2016 Problem Gambling Services Calendar, was from Bri Johnson. Her simple message, “Gambling for money online is illegal,” was a message sought by Oregon Problem Gambling Services, since many people do not realize that it’s not legal to gamble for money online in Oregon. Bri’s art was also outstanding. The other top five finalists in Lane County follow.

You can check out the top five posters below (please note: we will be getting higher quality versions of the posters uploaded soon).

1st Place: Bri Johnson, 8th grade, Cal Young Middle School (teacher: Ms. Maahs)

2nd Place: Carissa Maio, Hamlin Middle School (teacher: Ms. LaVelle)

3rd Place: Aria Stuzman, Hamlin Middle School (teacher: Ms. LaVelle)

Top 5 Finalist: Jessica Harden, Hamlin Middle School (teacher: Ms. LaVelle)

Top 5 Finalist: Shayla Magers, Cascade Middle School

Congratulations again — Julie Hynes will be in touch with your teachers/advisors soon regarding your prizes.  ALL participants in the art search will receive prizes for participation.

You guys rock!!



Category: Problem Gambling

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