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Abingdon teacher wins $1,000 for school’s drug-prevention efforts

Marissa Spencer, a kindergarten teacher at Abingdon Elementary School, won $1,000 for drug prevention efforts at her school by decorating the front door of her Williamsburg residence with a drug-free theme.

Spencer won the award in the door decorating division of the National Red Ribbon Photo Contest, held annually as part of National Red Ribbon Week. The week is sponsored by the National Family Partnership (NFP) to promote and celebrate drug free living. 

During October, Spencer worked with her family to decorate her front door with this year’s theme, “YOLO. Be Drug Free.”

“I loved being creative with the decoration and sharing the message online,” Spencer said in a release from the NFP. “People who walked by my home saw the message, but I reached many more people by spreading the message on social media. “The school helped spread the word because drug prevention is really important to the school,” she added. “Everyone was ...

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