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ESP student's National Burn Awareness Week poster is a winner

Posted: July 12, 2021

 
ESP student's National Burn Awareness Week poster is a winner

 
 
 Willow, with her younger brother Sully, mom Morgan and dad Ian, along with left to right, 
Martin Johnson, Chairman of the Firefighters Burn Fund, Susan Reynolds, Dr. Hamilton
Principal, Kelly McLean, Office of the Fire Commissioner, Chris Park, ESP Fire
Department and Jernej Anderlic, Captain with the ESP Fire Department and below,
Willow's winning artwork
 
 
A long, long time ago, way back in February, Willow Hayes drew a picture at Dr. FWL Hamilton School, and along with her Grade 5 classmates, entered it in the Office of the Fire Commissioner’s and Firefighters Burn Fund annual poster contest.
 
Open to students in grades 5-8 across the province, the contest aims to educate youth and their families about burn awareness and fire safety.
 
Willow knew the winner would be announced in early May, and when she didn’t hear anything she assumed she hadn’t won.
 
Then she ran into her principal, Susan Reynolds.
 
"I went into the office and my principal (said) you won the poster contest,” Willow said.
 
"And I said ‘yaaaa,!”
 
Kelly McLean, Fire and Life Safety Officer with the Office of the Fire Commissioner and Mar- tin Johnson, Chairman of the Firefighters Burn Fund, came to Dr. FWL Hamilton School June 23 and presented Willow, along with her classmates and the school, with their winnings.
 
McLean said since the contest is province-wide, its educational value is far reaching and kids do a great job spreading the message.

"That secondary messaging goes back to the home and if they have younger siblings it’s great, it gets them going,” McLean said.

Other winners this year hailed from Brandon, Niverville and Minnedosa and McLean and Johnson travelled to all the schools.

Jernej Anderlic, East St. Paul Fire Department Captain, Fire Prevention and Public Education, was on hand at the school along with Firefighter Chris Park.

"The Office of the Fire Commissioner in conjunction with the Firefighters Burn Fund has created an excellent program to teach and encourage fire safety. The poster contest is a great tool for our young people to get involved in the program,” Anderlic said.

"The officers and firefighters of the East St. Paul Fire Department would also like to congratulate Willow on her entry and winning poster.”

The winning students are given a $200 gift card along with firefighter prevention swag bags, and the teacher and winning student’s classmates get the swag as well.

The school gets a cheque for $250 from the Firefighters Burn Fund, and while the recognition for the student is always a thrill, the money helps schools out.

"It’s a bit of encouragement to get participation,” Johnson said.

This year, there were 448 posters submitted. Judging is done without knowing what school the poster is submitted from and the four grade winners are selected.

Willow’s mom, Morgan Sales, said they’ll likely buy some books on art and some art supplies as her daughter has always loved to draw.

"I’m so proud of her. She put so much hard work into this artwork and it was such an exciting thing for her to be recognized as an artist and to use fire safety and prevention as her theme,” Morgan said.

 

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