Grade 5s chal­lenged to help pre­vent fires

Prov­ince spon­sor­ing poster con­test as part of Na­tional For­est Week ac­tiv­i­ties

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY LAURA GRIF­FIN

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

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