Grade 5s challenged to help prevent fires
Province sponsoring poster contest as part of National Forest Week activities
For Smokey the Bear’s 70th anniversary, Grade 5 students in this province are being asked to create a fire prevention poster.
The contest, which is sponsored by the provincial government, focuses on helping protect communities, residents and forests from wildfires.
The winning posters will be unveiled during National Forest Week, which takes place Sept. 21-27.
A provincial winner will receive an iPad Mini computer tablet and case. The winning entry will be featured on the cover of the National Forest Week calendar and the student’s school will receive a $500 grant.
Three winners — from the eastern, western and Labrador regions — will also be selected. Each regional winner will receive an iPod Nano portable media player and a framed copy of their poster.
Thirteen posters contest finalists will have their entries featured in the 2015 calendar.
“The annual poster contest is an important part of National Forest Week, which celebrates our connection to the forest, one of our greatest renewable resources,” said Derrick Dalley, Minister of Natural Resources and Minister Responsible for the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency.
“The entries we received in the past illustrated the students’ respect for, and knowledge of, our forests. This year we want to raise awareness about the dangers of wildfires.”
The posters are to clearly outline unique fire prevention tips as well as ways forest fires can be prevented.
Entries will be judged on originality, creativity and adherence to the theme.
Any poster entries must be postmarked by Friday, June 13. For more, visit: www.gov.nl.ca/nr/forestry/index.html#2