Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Dutchess County Legislature’s Tick Task Force, together with the Department of Behavioral and Community Health, announced on Sept. 28, that it will host the 2018 “Be Tick Free!” Media Contest that will be open to middle and high school students from October 16 through March 10.

The goal of the contest is for students to learn how to prevent Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, and then use their digital media skills to teach others what they have learned.

Students are asked to create a 30- or 60-second live action or computer animated public service announcement on how to prevent tick-borne disease.  Entries may be submitted by individuals or groups.

Donna Bolner, Legislator from District 13 and Chairwoman of the Tick Task Force, explains the media contest is one way youth in Dutchess County can educate others and themselves to become better aware of the dangers ticks pose to their families and pets.

To learn more about the media contest, visit: http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/be-tick-free-contest.htm

For additional information on ticks, please visit Dutchess County Legislature online at: http://www.dutchessny.gov/CountyGov/Departments/Legislature/19425.htm

Awards and prizes totaling $500 per division will be presented to contest winners at the May meeting of the Dutchess County Legislature by the Tick Task Force.   Last year’s winners were Faith Christian Academy Eighth Graders, David Leino and DeAngelo Abadsidis.  To view the winning video and find out how to “Be Tick Free!” visit https://youtu.be/xImM1c-aZIQ.

Legislator Donna Bolner and the Tick Task Force are committed to efforts in prevention and education regarding negative effects of the tick population.   The mission of the Tick Task Force is to develop long term goals and make recommendations to the Legislature in the efforts of understanding and safely controlling ticks and reducing Lyme Disease and other tick borne diseases.


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