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White Plains Students Invited To Submit Ideas For Date Contest

Program Reach is conducting a month-long contest for teenagers to submit the best dating ideas in Westchester County.
Program Reach is conducting a month-long contest for teenagers to submit the best dating ideas in Westchester County. Photo Credit: Collegelifestyle.org

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Westchester middle- and high-school students are invited to submit ideas for the "Best Date in Westchester 2015," a contest developed by Program Reach.

Program Reach is a not-for-profit organization that teaches young people to make healthy choices that last a lifetime. The contest was created along with Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino at the Galleria of White Plains.

The "Best Date in Westchester 2015" contest invites students age 13-18 to submit date ideas from Feb. 14 through March 14.

Submissions may be in writing -- 500-word maximum -- or through video or audio with a three-minute maximum. (Students don't have to actually go on dates, just think of great ideas for one.)

Date plans will be judged on originality, thoughtfulness and Wow! factor. The dates -- or ideas for a great date -- must involve activities within Westchester County, and budgets must not exceed $50. Prizes will be awarded for the top three date ideas.

"The art of dating has taken a real hit in recent decades, but we at Program Reach have super high hopes that Westchester students can kick it back up a notch," said Program Reach Chief Executive Officer Nanci Coppola. "This contest will prove that young people can still develop terrific and healthy dating ideas that respect personal boundaries and don't involve counterproductive activities.  Program Reach is enormously grateful to our volunteer team of judges and to those who will be donating prizes to the winners."

"The death of the date is greatly exaggerated, at least here in Westchester," Astorino said. "I'm confident that our young people will revolutionize dating through this contest.

"The premise is an excellent one -- young people are being encouraged to think kindly and thoughtfully about one another -- and I congratulate Program Reach for coming up with such a fun idea to drive that point home."

"The Best Date in Westchester 2015" contest will be judged by a panel including Sheila Astorino, the county executive's wife. Prizes will include 2015 Playland tickets; Westchester Knicks tickets; treats at Frannie's Goodie Shop in Yonkers or Mount Kisco, and more.

For more information on "Best Date in Westchester 2015" contest rules, visit: http://www.programreach.org.

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