Farmington produces another Smokey the Bear Grand Prize Winner

Each year, the National Garden Club conducts a contest in which students create the posters for Smokey the Bear and Woodsy the Owl.

Smokey the Bear’s message, “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires!” encourages personal responsibility for wildfire prevention. Smokey teaches children and adults to be careful with campfires, barbecues, trash fires, and matches. Posters are judged for originality, design, use of the slogan, artistic technique, and overall effectiveness of the message.

The National Grand Prize Winner of the Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Poster Contest is honored with a Recognition Ceremony in Washington, DC. Along with Round-trip airfare and accommodations for four of their guests. The National Garden Clubs, Inc. also award $50 check to First Place winners in all five grades.

Students at Farmington Elementary School are informed about the contest at school and then complete their posters at home independently.

In 2016, Farmington is proud to have a state and regional winner, as well as the National Grand Prize winner. This is the second time Farmington has had the National Grand Prize winner (2014). Rebekah Laurenzi, the art teacher for both of the grand prizewinners, is very proud of the extra amount of work put in by students.

Lucy McCarrens
1st place for 2nd graders in Tennessee ($25)
3rd place for 2nd graders in the Deep South Region (certificate)

Khushi Patel
1st place for 4th graders in TN ($25)
1st place for 4th graders in the Deep South Region ($25)
1st place for 4th graders in the National Competition ($25)
Grand Prize (trip for her and her family to Washington, DC for ceremony / poster published)

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