Every year, the Town of Orange Fire Marshal’s Office invites all fourth and fifth grade students to take part in the Connecticut Fair Plan’s Fire Prevention Poster Contest. The three elementary schools graciously provide the staff from the Fire Marshal’s Office with time in their curriculum to speak to the students about the contest and to stress the importance of fire prevention.
The poster contest begins the first week of October of each year. Students have until December to complete their own artwork and turn it into the Fire Marshal’s Office. The rules are simple. The poster must be original work of the student and cannot contain any copyrighted images or sayings. It must be neat and reproducible. Lastly, the poster must have the words “Fire Prevention – Everyone/Everyday” somewhere in the picture.
One fourth-grade student’s poster and one fifth-grade student’s poster is chosen to be submitted to the New Haven County level contest. If chosen as a winner for the County, that entry continues to the State contest where the artwork could become the State of Connecticut fire prevention poster for the following year!
This year, Inspector Michael Knight visited Race Brook School, Peck Place School, and Turkey Hill School in October to review the rules and to offer assistance to the students, if needed. From these visits, almost two hundred (200) original posters were submitted.
In early December, a panel of judges selected posters created by Zaruf Mujawar and Jeffrey Hutchinson for the excellent artwork and clear fire prevention message and these posters were sent to the New Haven County contest. Their hard work was evident in the posters they turned in to be judged.
Fire Marshal Timothy Smith was recently notified that Zaruf Mujawar was selected as the New Haven County winner for her grade.
Her poster will now be entered to compete against the winners of the other counties throughout Connecticut. Zaruf has been invited to the County Winner’s luncheon on March 27 where the state winner will be announced.
Thank you to all the students who created posters, congratulations to Jeffrey and Zaruf for their award-winning posters, and good luck to Zaruf in the State-level contest.