Seventh-grade student from Claggett Creek wins spot in Oregon Health Authority’s 2019 Problem Gambling Awareness calendar

Each March, the Oregon Health Authority sponsors a statewide art contest for middle school students during Problem Gambling Awareness Month. This state-wide art search asks students to create informative and unique works of art to display the risks and harmful effects of gambling for a youth audience.

Marion County Health and Human Services (MCHHS) held a local preliminary competition, bringing in 87 entries from throughout Marion County. MCHHS works with their staff, community and patients who visit their facility to select the top five works of art to send on to the state competition. Four students from Claggett Creek Middle School were selected in the top five for Marion County, moving onto the state competition. Upon review at the state level, seventh-grade student Amanda Dahbura was selected to have her art featured in the 2019 Problem Gambling Awareness calendar.

Printed and distributed state-wide each fall, the Problem Gambling Awareness Calendar helps involve students in the potential dangers of problem gambling during lessons about addiction in health class. Through the collaboration of teachers and our local health agencies, students gain a comprehensive understanding of the emotional, physical and relational effects problem gambling can have on youth and adults.

SKPS Results of Marion County Art Search for Problem Gambling Awareness Month:

  • 1st: Amanda Dahbura – Statewide contest honoree
  • 2nd: Lesli Diaz Diaz
  • 3rd: Gwendolyn Leduc
  • 5th: Aileen Cephus