Third graders in Forsyth County can now pick up their pencils and show off their artistic talents in the Forsyth County Fire Department’s seventh annual fire safety poster contest.
The contest, which opened Feb. 24, is open to all third graders in public, private or home schools who want to draw about one of the department’s three themes: “get low and go under smoke”; “fire won’t wait, plan your family’s escape”; and “working smoke alarms save lives.”
One winner and one runner-up for each theme will be chosen by a panel of five judges, and the three winners will receive a pizza party for their class and local firefighters.
Winners and runners-up will also have their artwork displayed in county buildings and will receive a certificate of accomplishment from Fire Chief Danny Bowman.
“It is important that our youth are educated on fire safety and know how to protect themselves in the event of a fire,” Bowman said. “This poster contest is not only fun, but it also gives a child the opportunity to demonstrate what they know about fire safety.”
Posters should be created on paper (minimum dimensions of 8.5-inches-by-11-inches and maximum dimensions of 18-inches-by-24-inches) with the required release form, which is available on the county website, securely attached to the back.
Posters will not be accepted if they are on poster board, and students are encouraged to submit their own original designs and artwork. Clipart and copyrighted characters or logos will not be accepted.
Posters must be received by March 24 and for more information on where to submit, email PublicEducation@forsythco.com or call (770) 205-4688.