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Students Being "Tick Free!" in 2016
“Be Tick Free!” Media Contest for Middle School and Junior High Students

Published: 1/19/2016

The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health and the Dutchess County Legislative Tick Task Force announces the launch of the “Be Tick Free!” Media Contest, a fun and creative way for students to teach others how to prevent tick-borne disease through video or computer animation.

”With more and more information being shared through social media, we want to tap into the creative talents of our tech-savvy students to raise awareness of tick bite prevention strategies,” said Commissioner Henry M. Kurban, MD, MBA, MPH, FACPM.  “I look forward to viewing the entries and showcasing them on the Dutchess County Facebook page, YouTube channel, and local media outlets.”

Participating middle and junior high school students will create a 30- or 60-second live-action or computer-animated public service announcement educating viewers about preventing tick bites and tick-borne disease.  Individual and group entries will be accepted online until March 11th.  Contest materials are available at

“Tick-borne disease education is of paramount importance for everyone in Dutchess County,” said Donna Bolner, Dutchess County Legislator and Chairman of the Tick Task Force.  “Who better than our youngest generation to help educate the entire community?  We are excited to see students’ creativity and civic mindfulness put to good use in the production of award-winning tick-borne disease prevention PSAs.”