AUBURN, Mass. – Twelve Auburn elementary school students were honored by the Fire Department on Thursday for creating fire safety posters that best reflect the “Two Ways Out” theme.
The students from grades one to five received certificates of recognition at Fire Headquarters for their submissions to this year’s fire prevention poster contest. The winners from each of the four schools also received an Auburn fire T-shirt, with the first- and second-place winners taking home a new bicycle and art supplies.
“This is a very exciting and important program we run every year,” said Fire Chief Stephen Coleman. “While many school districts in the area are trying to balance curriculum and time in the school day, the Auburn Public Schools have always remained committed to the Auburn Fire Department and the fire prevention programs.”
During Fire Prevention Week in October, members of the Auburn Fire Department spent the week in the schools, teaching children the importance of fire safety in the home and important skills, including stop, drop and roll, and how to plan an escape route from their homes.
As part of Fire Prevention Week each year, there is a theme that the education is built around, and students submit a poster into the contest that best illustrates the theme. This year’s poster theme was “Two Ways Out.”
“We want to make sure that every family, no matter where they go, always has two ways out of every building,” said Capt. Glenn Johnson. “When you go on vacation, we always tell the children to look around the hotel and see how many ways out you have. These are important safety tips, and it’s hopefully something they’ll remember for life.”
There were hundreds of posters entered into this year’s contest.
“It was very, very tough to pick the winners out,” Johnson said. “We feel bad we can’t give everyone a prize. All the children did such a good job.”
The winners from each grade and school were:
1st Place Overall: Cody Plasse - 5th grade, Pakachaog
2nd Place Overall: Grace Stannard - 3rd grade, Julia Bancroft
Mary D. Stone
1st grade - Isabella Faber
2nd grade - Hanorah Murphy
1st grade - Rebekah Bugros-Mansfield
2nd grade - Jayme Regan
3rd grade - Nolan Caruso
4th grade - Grace Foulkrod
5th grade - Amy Ly
3rd grade - Jack Gowoski
4th grade - Alysha Creelman
5th grade - Shannon Reno