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Calendar Project Helps Kids Stay on Right Path

Artwork for Kids and by Kids

Post Date:09/06/2017 11:18 AM


TRENTON, N.J. -- Research shows that teaching children about the risks of substance abuse and violence, while promoting positive activities instead, greatly reduces the chance that a child will fall prey later. In response, the Mercer County Gang Task Force, Trenton Municipal Alliance and PACE Charter School of Hamilton have collaborated to create the “Tips for Parents & Kids Resource Calendar.” Made for kids with artwork by kids, this project is designed to promote the message that drugs, alcohol and violence cause harm.

Each monthly page on the 2017-2018 school year calendars offers advice for parents and their child, illustrated with artwork created by a PACE Charter School of Hamilton fourth-grader. Tips for parents include such topics as asking your child about their friends, setting up household rules and guidelines, and getting involved in your child’s school or PTO. Tips for children include making good friendships and avoiding groups or gangs that are a negative influence.

Each PACE Charter School of Hamilton family received a calendar and more will be distributed throughout the community. The Gang Task Force and Trenton Municipal Alliance will officially unveil the calendar on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. during back-to-school night at PACE Charter School, 528 S. Olden Ave.

Also from the calendar, the top three student artists are able to see their work on a grand scale on billboards in the City of Trenton. The billboards will be up through November and winners are:

  • Sherlyn Picada, “Don’t Join a Gang”
  • Zion Bennett, “If You Booze You Lose”
  • Adila Merino, “Get High on Grades”

Billboard locations are Route 29 and Cass Street; Prospect Street and Stuyvesant Avenue; Greenwood Avenue and Clinton Avenue; Fairmount Street and Liberty Street; Chambers Street and Ashmore Avenue; and Parkside Avenue and Oakland Street.

“As a community and as parents, the greatest thing we can do for our children is to tell them and show them they are valued and secure, to teach them self-worth and purpose, and to fill their lives with positive reinforcement,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “I applaud the Gang Task Force and all our partners for touching the lives of our children in a meaningful way, each and every day.”

Among the Gang Force Task members instrumental to the project are Ian Smith, Trenton Municipal Alliance; Rob Fiorello, PEI Kids; Charles Cowan, Mercer County Probation; Yolanda Leon, Mercer Division of Youth; and Luis Aguayo, Mercer County Probation.

The Mercer County Gang Task Force meets once a month on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. at the McDade Building. The mission of the Mercer County Gang Task Force is to participate in the eradication of gang culture in Mercer County through comprehensive outreach and education. For more information, contact Yolanda León at

 Cal--If You Booze

Zion Bennett, “If You Booze You Lose”

 Cal--Get High on Grades

Adila Merino, “Get High on Grades”

 Cal--Don't Join a Gang

Sherlyn Picada, “Don’t Join a Gang”

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