Wilton students awarded for fire prevention posters

The Wilton Fire Department honored four Cider Mill students for their fire prevention artwork at a Jan. 9 awards ceremony.

Fourth and fifth graders across the state submitted posters for the annual Connecticut Fire Prevention Poster Contest. The competition is aimed at promoting child and adult awareness of fire prevention responsibilities.

This year’s theme was “Fire Prevention: Everyone/Everyday!”

Fourth grader Ella Donovan and fifth grader Tamar Rozenberg took first place, while fourth grader Grace Williams and fifth grader Isabelle Braten were runners-up.

At the awards ceremony for the local winners, Fire Marshal David Kohn presented the students with award certificates. Wilton Firefighters Local 2233 presented Ella and Tamar each with $100 gift cards, and Grace and Isabelle with $50 gift cards.

The contest is run by elementary school teachers in cooperation with the Connecticut Fire Marshals Association, the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association, the state Board of Education, and the Connecticut FAIR Plan, representing the insurance industry.

Ella’s and Tamar’s first-place posters will be submitted to the countywide competition to be considered for first place in the state.

Twelve of the winners’ posters will be made into a calendar that will be distributed throughout the state, with the overall winner’s artwork on the cover.

Approximately 30,000 posters were submitted throughout the state in last year’s competition.