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To the editor: Drug Quiz Show seeks sponsorship

The Drug Quiz Show needs your help. In the 25 years since its inception, this highly successful youth development program has played a major role in the transformation of nearly half a million middle school students across New York State. This could be its last year.

Though the Quiz Show has support from dozens of co-sponsors, its naming sponsor, Rite Aid Corporation, is no longer able to sustain the program due to its current business conditions. As a result, The Drug Quiz Show, Inc. (a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization), is seeking a corporate leader who would benefit from named sponsorship of this nationally-recognized, award-winning program. In addition to keeping such a great model going, the visibility and name recognition provided to the sponsor adds even more value to the investment.

The Drug Quiz Show challenges students in game-show style competitions at more than 200 schools in 27 regions and involves hundreds of parent, teacher, and community volunteers. While the focus of the Quiz Show started with substance abuse topics, it has since expanded to cover more holistic concerns like bullying, stress, conflict resolution, grief and decision-making. Regional Coordinators plan and administer in-school and regional competitions, and instruct students using the Drug Quiz Show "Learning Centers," a set of core study materials that covers all topics.

More importantly, the Drug Quiz Show isn't just about educating students on the dangers of substance abuse. It enhances attributes like self-confidence, teamwork and good sportsmanship. It helps students learn about dealing with peer pressure and sparks meaningful conversation among families.

For the past 25 years, the Drug Quiz Show has grown into an unparalleled, enjoyable way for students to learn how to make the right choices while growing into healthy, productive adults. The Quiz Show won't survive without your help.

I encourage potential sponsors to visit our website, drugquizshow.org, and then contact me.

I look forward to speaking with you.

Susan Meidenbauer, Executive Director

The Drug Quiz Show, Inc.

906 Spencer St.

Syracuse, NY 13204

471-3624

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