Fire safety con­test sparks cre­ativ­ity in CR stu­dents

The Advance of Bucks County - - NEWTOWN AREA - By Jeff Werner

NORTHAMP­TON TOWN­SHIP – A spark of cre­ativ­ity was all that was needed for a dozen stu­dents from Northamp­ton and New­town town­ships to win the an­nual cire Safety in the Home con­test.

Spon­sored an­nu­ally dur­ing cire Preven­tion Week by the Char­tered Prop­erty Ca­su­alty Un­der­writ­ers So­ci­ety (CPCU), the 29-year-old con­test chal­lenges stu­dents in the Coun­cil Rock School District to creDWH SRVWHUV DnG wULWH HVVDyV SURPRWLnJ fiUH safety and preven­tion.

“Our kids are our fu­ture and we are priv­i­leged this evening to honor the 12 win­ners in this year’s con­test,” said Pete Palestina, who or­ga­nizes the con­test for the CPCU, a com­mu­nity of cre­den­tialed in­surance pro­fes­sion­als that pro­motes ex­cel­lence through eth­i­cal be­hav­ior and con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion.

Palestina made his re­marks be­fore the Northamp­ton Town­ship Board of Su­per­vi­sors Wed­nes­day night where the win­ners gath­ered to re­ceive recog­ni­tion for their cre­ative ac­com­plish­ments.

“Each year, hun­dreds of stu­dents parWLFLSDWH Ln WKH fiYH CRunFLO RRFN PunLFL­pal­i­ties,” said Palestina. “That means that thou­sands of res­i­dents in our com­mu­nity KDYH JRnH WKURuJK WKLV fiUH VDIHWy HGuFD­tional process dur­ing the last 29 years, and that has to make for a bet­ter and safer com­mu­nity, sav­ing lives and prop­erty, and af­ter all, that’s what it’s all about.”

The posters and es­says were judged by Coun­cil Rock School Board mem­ber Ber­nadette Heenan, New­town cire Mar­shal crank cen­ton and former Northamp­ton Town­ship Su­per­vi­sor Pete Palestina.

The stu­dents each re­ceived plaques and procla­ma­tions from Su­per­vi­sor Chair­man crank Rothermel, rep­re­sent­ing Northamp­ton Town­ship, and New­town cire Chief dlenn corsyth, rep­re­sent­ing New­town Town­ship.

“vou can see from the chil­dren’s de­signs that they’ve done a great job. I’m ac­tu­ally learn­ing a lot from their pre­sen­ta­tions,” said Rothermel.

On be­half of the New­town Town­ship Board of Su­per­vi­sors, corsyth ex­pressed “pride and plea­sure” with the stu­dents’ ac­com­plish­ments and com­mended them for their ef­forts.

The win­ners also re­ceived spe­cial gov- ern­men­tal ci­ta­tions from State Rep. Scott Petri, also rep­re­sent­ing State Rep. Steve San­tar­siero; An­thony Pontarelli, a leg­isla­tive aide rep­re­sent­ing U.S. Con­gress­man Mike citz­patrick; and Northamp­ton Su­per­vi­sor de­orge home­lasky, rep­re­sent­ing State Sen­a­tors Robert Tom­lin­son and Chuck McIll­hin­ney.

“sery, very few peo­ple ever re­ceive a House ci­ta­tion,” said Petri, in mak­ing his pre­sen­ta­tion. “vou should feel ex­tremely proud be­cause you have ed­u­cated peo­ple, LnFOuGLnJ PyVHOI, DERuW fiUH VDIHWy,” KH told the win­ners.

In ad­di­tion to the House ci­ta­tions, Petri said their names would be read into the of­fiFLDO HRuVH UHFRUG.

home­lasky praised the win­ners for do­ing some­thing that even goes be­yond get­ting ci­ta­tions and awards. “The work that you have done is hopefully some­thing that will save lives and a life be­ing saved is the most im­por­tant thing that can be done.”

Larry White, the di­rec­tor of the Philadel­phia Chap­ter of the CPCU So­ci­ety, was given the honor of read­ing the names of the win­ners.

“Th­ese chil­dren are re­mind­ing us of the sim­ple things we can do to be safer and make our homes and res­i­dences a safer place to be for ev­ery­one,” he said.

The Win­ners cirst and Sec­ond drade Win­ners: Tyler DHUEy, fiUVW SODFH, CKuUFKYLOOH (OHPHnWDUy, Mrs. Ream; Tay­lor Smith, sec­ond place, Churchville Ele­men­tary, Mrs. Ream; ham­ryn Pur­pura, third place, Churchville Ele­men­tary, Mrs. Ream; games Wil­liams, fourth place, Welch Ele­men­tary, Mrs. Hughes.

Third and courth drade Win­ners: caith HDFN, fiUVW SODFH, HLOOFUHVW (OHPHnWDUy, Ms. Lenicky; Brooke May, sec­ond place, Sol ce­in­stone Ele­men­tary, Mrs. Rodgers; Erin voung, third place, New­town Ele­men­tary, Mrs. craw­ley; and Tay­lor hredo, fourth place, Welch Ele­men­tary, Mrs. dris­sell.

cifth and Sixth drade Win­ners: Melissa :DJnHU, fiUVW SODFH, :HOFK (OHPHnWDUy, Mr. Dykty; Matt Men­ditto, sec­ond place, Rolling Hills Ele­men­tary, Mrs. Rice; Connor and Carli Dickel, third place, Hill­crest Ele­men­tary, Mrs. McCul­lough; and Sarah Porter, fourth place, dood­noe Ele­men­tary, Mrs. Mol­ishus.

Of­fi­cials and Fire Safety in the Home con­test or­ga­niz­ers with the win­ners of this year’s con­test.

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