Billboard D: Less DRINKING More Thinking. Wise Highs, choices you can live with.
By: Abbie Ownbey, Sixth Grader at Liberty Intermediate School

The winner of the 2017 Billboard Contest is: “Less Drinking More Thinking”

This billboard entry is by: Abbie Ownbey
Current student at Bourbonnais Upper Grade Center
Formerly Sixth Grader at Liberty Intermediate School
Teacher: Mrs. Riegel

The I-KAN Regional Office of Education once again has teamed up with Kankakee and Iroquois County Clerks, Bruce Clark and Lisa Fancher, to provide students with a lesson in the electoral process – and healthy lifestyles.

Both Clark and Fancher made county voting machines available so that 7th and 8th graders cast their vote for the winner of this year’s Wise Highs Billboard contest sponsored by the I-KAN Regional Office of Education’s Life Education program.

“The students seem to understand how the election process works. We are now completing our fourth election cycle, the first being six years ago,” said Gregg Murphy, Regional Superintendent of Schools for Iroquois and Kankakee Counties “It teaches students that one vote does really count.”

Students learned the entire process –starting with a registration drive, creating poll books -- even providing election judges to assure that the electoral process was carried out to the letter of the law. Just like in a real election, votes were tallied through the County Clerk’s offices.

“This is an excellent way for students to become part of the process,” said Brenda Wetzel, director of the Life Education programs. “After all, how many kids get a chance to see the inside of a voting booth before they are 18? It will make the lessons more meaningful and working with both Bruce and Lisa is a wonderful way for our program to connect with the community.”

The billboard contest was held for 5th and 6th graders participating in the Life Education’s healthy lifestyles and substance abuse prevention classes. The designs incorporated the program’s theme: “Choose Wise Highs….Choices You Can Live With.” The winning artwork will then be displayed on billboards throughout Kankakee and Iroquois counties.

For more information, call the Regional Office of Education at 815 937-2950.