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Agriculture Press Release

December 2, 1998

Students in grades 1-4 can win Fresh Friends computer game

TALLAHASSEE Florida elementary students who combine their drawing skills with their knowledge of good nutrition can receive a free computer game and possibly have their talents showcased on the Internet or in brochures, posters or other promotional materials.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is holding a statewide contest whereby students in grades 1 through 4 are invited to submit a free-hand drawing of Florida fresh fruits and vegetables, along with an essay of 40 words or less explaining why fresh fruits and vegetables are important to their good health.

The first 5,000 entries received by the Department by the February 1, 1999, deadline will receive a free computer game called "Fresh Friends," which offers young children a fun way to learn about good nutrition and Florida fruits and vegetables.

The top 50 entries selected by the Department will be posted on the Departments "Marketing Florida Agriculture" Internet web site at florida-agriculture.com . The top 50 entries will also be reproduced in a special issue of the Florida Market Bulletin, a monthly statewide newspaper containing information about Florida agriculture. In addition, some students entries may appear in brochures, posters, calendars or other promotional materials produced by the Department.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford said the contest provides fun way for young students to learn about the vital role that fresh fruits and vegetables play in promoting good health.

"More and more scientific studies show that eating fresh fruits and vegetables is important to good health, helping reduce the risk of many ailments including cancer and heart disease," Crawford said. "Creating good eating habits at a young age can have positive benefits throughout a lifetime. This contest is intended to make learning about good nutrition fun for young people."


"Fresh Friends" Contest Rules

Students must be in grades 1 though 4 during the 1998-99 school year to be eligible. Students may be enrolled in public or private schools, or be in home-study.

Artwork must be drawn free-hand by the student. Entries may be either black-and-white or color. Crayons, markers, colored pencils or watercolor paint may be used. Art entries must be on 8 by 11 inch paper.

The essay must be written by the student and be on the topic "Why fresh Florida fruits and vegetables are good for my health." Students may write about specific Florida fruits or vegetables, or Florida fruits and vegetables in general. The essay may be up to 40 words in length. The essay must be written on a separate 8 by 11 inch paper and attached to the artwork.

Included at the bottom of the essay must be the following:
1. Students name and age
2. Students grade level
3. Students mailing address (where the "Fresh Friends" computer game should be sent)
4. School name and city

The artwork should not be folded, and should be mailed flat in a 9 by 12 inch envelope to:
"Fresh Friends" Contest
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
545 East Tennessee Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32308

The first 5,000 entries received at the above address by the February 1, 1999, deadline will automatically receive a free "Fresh Friends" computer game. This game diskette can be run on PC (Windows 95).

The top 50 selected entries will appear in a special issue of the Florida Market Bulletin, a monthly statewide agricultural newspaper. The top 50 entries will also be posted on the Departments "Marketing Florida Agriculture" Internet web site at www.fl-ag.com .

In addition, some of the entries may be reproduced in brochures, calendars, posters or other promotional materials produced by the Department.

Only the students name, age, grade, school name and city will appear on the Internet or in print. Students home addresses will NOT be used.

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For more information:

Arlette Roberge
(850) 487-8188


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