Poster Contest winners named
Prairie Elementary School third and fourth graders participated in the annual National Garden Clubs Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Poster Contest.   The US Forest Service and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. are giving students an opportunity to demonstrate their creativity through original drawings of Smokey the Bear or Woodsy Owl.
Twenty students participated in the contest in Cottonwood.   All posters were judged by members of the Nezperce Garden Club last December.   Third grade winning students are 3rd place Molly Johnson, 2nd place Steven Rambo, and 1st place Katteri Duman.  Fourth grade winning students are 3rd place Audrey Drake, 2nd place Madison Shears, and 1st place Kyleigh Duclos.  The first place winning posters were sent on to state competition.    
The National Grand Prize winner of the National Garden Clubs Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Poster Contest will receive a free round trip airfare and accommodations for four to Washington, DC.  The first place winner for all five grades at the National competition will receive a $100 savings bond from National Garden Clubs, Inc.
Aubree Chaffee, Fire Prevention Technician of the Red River Ranger District in Elk City, ID and Smokey the Bear visited Prairie Elementary School on Friday, May 3rd to present winning students with certificates.  Aubree and Smokey also talked to the second graders about fire prevention earlier in the day.  
All twenty students received gifts and first place winners received goodie bags filled with fun and interesting gifts from the US Forest Service.    All students did a wonderful job on their posters.   We all had a great time.   
Smokey Bear is recognized nationally and internationally as the symbol for fire prevention.  The original Smokey Bear appeared in 1944, after surviving a forest fire as a bear cub.   Smokey’s message, “Remember, Only You Can Prevent Wildfires!” encourages personal responsibility for fire prevention.   Smokey Bear teaches children and adults to be careful with campfires, barbecues, trash fires, and matches.
Woodsy Owl is America’s icon for conservation of the environment.  Since 1971, Woodsy has helped parents and teachers inspire children to observe, explore, and care for the environment.  He challenges children to:  “Lend a Hand – Care For The Land!” and to take an active role in caring for the land through recycling, reusing, and reducing waste, planting and caring for trees, using resources wisely (such as not wasting water or electricity), and not littering.
Thanks to all the participants, teachers, Aubree Chaffee of the US Forest Service, Smokey the Bear, and members of the Nezperce Garden Club for making this contest a success.   Great Job!
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Katteri Duman, shown with Smokey, was the 1st place winner for the third grade in the National Garden Clubs Smokey the Bear/Woodsy Owl poster contest.
Kyleigh Duclos was the 1st place winner for the 4th grade. The 1st place winners’ entries go on to the national competition.
Steven Rambo was 2nd place among 3rd graders.
Madison Shears took second among 4th graders.
Molly Johnson was third place among 3rd graders. Audrey Drake, 3rd among 4th graders, was not available for photos.
Mrs. Zenner and Mrs. Schu also got to have their pictures taken with Smokey the Bear! All photos on this page by Sherry Holthaus.


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