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Vineland Middle School awarded $10,000 for efforts in Project What's Next. Vineland Middle School awarded $10,000 for efforts in Project What's Next.
Group photo at Vineland Middle School ceremony. Group photo at Vineland Middle School ceremony.
PUEBLO -

Students and staff at Vineland Middle School in Pueblo's District 70 were awarded $10,000 Monday as part of a challenge to place personal goals as a bigger priority in their lives than marijuana use.

The Protect What's Next Challenge is an extension of the state's youth marijuana prevention program. Vineland Middle School won the category for schools with 250-499 students.

Students submitted challenges showing better alternatives in life, such as helping others, sending positive messages or simply taking part in fun activities with fellow students.

The winners were chosen based on the number of challenges submitted compared to the number of students on campus. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reports Vineland students had a 460% participation rate.

"The goal of the challenge was to inspire Colorado youth to be confident in themselves and their choices, and to remind them of what it feels like to accomplish something you set your mind to," said Dr. Larry Wolk, department executive director and chief medical officer. "It was gratifying to see how many schools and students decided to take on the challenge."

Vineland plans on using the award money to purchase outdoor exercise equipment for students, staff and the community. 

More information: Protect What's Next
 

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