Poster Contest winners are named
Nezperce Garden Club sponsored the 2014 Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl poster contest at Prairie Elementary Schools and Homeschooled children in the area.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service and the National Garden Clubs Inc. gave students the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of wildfire prevention and basic environmental conservation principles through original drawings of Smokey the Bear or Woodsy Owl. 
Children from first through fifth grades are eligible to participate. This year 69 posters were judged from Prairie Elementary School and 4 from Homeschooled students. The winners from Prairie Elementary School were: no entries from first grade; Adelyn Geis, second grade; Morgan Poxleitner, third grade; Wade Goeckner, fourth grade; and Zac Arnzen, fifth grade. The Homeschooled winners were Elena Kuther; first grade, Jenna Kuther; third grade, and Lottie Inglet; fifth grade. Each first place winner received a gold coin from the Nezperce Garden Club.  Smokey gave out goodie bags to all the winners, donated by the U.S. Forest Service.  All participants received a cookie from the Nezperce Garden Club.
The winning posters were entered into the state contest, competing against other winners in the state of Idaho. National contest winners will be announced at the National Garden Clubs Convention on April 30th through May 3rd in Norman, Oklahoma.
Teachers of Prairie Elementary School that were recognized for encouraging their students participation in the contest are Allason Zenner, Vikki Reiner, Kim Schumacher, and Sonesa  Lundmark.  Homeschooled parents recognized for supporting student participation in the contest were Robert and Lorna Inglet and Don and Jeanne Kuther. 
Smokey Bear is recognized nationally and internationally as the symbol for fire prevention. The original Smokey Bear appeared in 1944.   “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 the 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, and not littering.
Congratulations to all the 2014 National Garden Clubs Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Poster Contest winners.
Adelyn Geis, 2nd grade winner at PES.
Morgan Poxleitner, 3rd grade winner at PES.
Wade Goeckner, 4th grade winner at PES.
Zac Arnzen, 5th grade winner at PES.
Elena Kuther, 1st grade winner among homeschoolers.
Jenna Kuther, 3rd grade winner among homeschoolers.
Lottie Inglet, 5th grade winner among home schoolers.
Photos provided by LeAnn McMaster.

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