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Coyote Springs student's flyer graces pizza boxes



Madasin Farrow, from Coyote Springs Elementary School, was one of four winners of the MATFORCE's Pizza Box Topper Art Contest. The organization received 215 entries with a "Say No to Underage Drinking" message, and chose Farrow's winning drawing in the K-2 grade category.

Abby Heydorn, from Accelerated Learning and the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Arizona in Cottonwood, won in the 3-5 grade category; Alex Espinoza, from Cottonwood Middle School and Boys and Girls Club of Northern Arizona, was named winner in the 6-8 grade category; and in the 9-12 grade category, Breanna Butcher, of Mingus Mountain Academy in Prescott Valley, was chosen as the winner.

"MATFORCE uses pizza box toppers to help spread a message against underage drinking," said Officer James Tobin of the Prescott Valley Police Department and Chair of the MATFORCE Underage Drinking Task Force. "This is the first year we asked youth to help design the flyer. It gave our youth a chance to personally create their own message about the serious risks and harm of underage drinking. Thank you to all who participated in the contest."

Over the next few months, law enforcement departments from throughout Yavapai County will deliver the new flyers to area pizza stores. Participating pizza stores will attach the flyer to the top of their pizza boxes helping spread an anti-underage drinking message.

Participating merchants in the quad-city area include Nick n' Willy's, Papa Murphy's, Bill's Pizza, Mama Edda's, Tastebuds, Rosa's, Pizza Hut, Papa John's, Little Caesar's, Dominos, Streets of New York, and Giovanni's.

Interested pizza merchants can contact MATFORCE at 928-708-0100 to obtain flyers.

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