Thursday December 07, 2017
Third graders from Orchard and Rick Marcotte Central Schools were honored in November at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier for their artwork about fire safety prevention. The ceremony was part of the 2018 Robert Howe Fire Safety Calendar Project, a yearly event that produces a calendar featuring the artwork of third grade students from around the state. The program, centered around National Fire Prevention Week, provides a focused learning experience when children prepare fire prevention posters for each month of the calendar. South Burlington Fire Department Senior Fire Fighter Brad Dattilio says, “Fire Prevention Week is to encourage fire safety topics become a part of daily life throughout the year and the calendar helps coordinate fire prevention topics and safety messages for each month.”
This is the 27th year the Vermont Department of Public Safety Division of Fire Safety has held the calendar contest. This year nearly four dozen schools participated with hundreds of students creating fire safety posters. There are 13 winners overall, one for each of the 12 months and one for the cover. Their artwork will be featured in the 2018 calendar. Thirteen additional posters are selected and recognized as honorable mention.
The winning and honorable mention selections from South Burlington include four students from Rick Marcotte Central School (RMCS) and two students from Orchard School. RMCS winners include, in teacher Jackie Bailey’s class, Amelia Collins, who won October 2018 with her artwork titled, “Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Home Heating Safety;” honorable mention to Lia Navin, for December 2018, “Safe Use of Candles and Holiday Safety; and honorable mention to Cindy Do, for January 2018, “How and When to Call 9-1-1.” Also from RMCS, in teacher Jennifer Belisle’s class, Catherine Jiang, who won March 2018, with her artwork titled, “Kitchen and Cooking Safety.”
In Amy Verrill’s class at Orchard School, contest winners include Evelyn Lorentz, for the month of February 2018, with her artwork titled, “Residential Fire Sprinkler Protection;” and Josie Maxwell, who received honorable mention for the month of March 2018, for her artwork titled, “Kitchen and Cooking Safety.”
In 26 years of the program, over 495,000 fire safety calendars have been given to elementary school children delivering daily fire safety messages and bestowing reminders to thousands of families across the state. The calendar project is primarily funded by donations from sponsors and Vermont’s emergency service groups.