The Southington Fire Department announced the local winners of the 2015 Connecticut Fire Prevention Poster Contest. Joscelyn Spinelli from Kelly Elementary School won the fourth grade contest with Julianne Slesinski from Strong Elementary School finishing second. Julia Baldwin (first place) and Abbie Flanigan (second place) swept the fifth grade competition for Kelly Elementary School. The two first place winners’ posters were submitted to the state to compete at the county level and were both chosen as Hartford County winners.
Fire Inspector Robert Hunt coordinates the event each year in cooperation with the teachers at the participating schools. All eight public and three private elementary schools are encourage to participate. Several of the top posters will be on display on the first floor of the Town Hall and the lower floor of the Municipal Center during the next 30 days.
The Connecticut Fire prevention Poster Contest is open to fourth and fifth graders across the state and promotes fire prevention and fire safety. This year’s theme was “Fire Prevention-Everyone/Everyday.” The local first place winners’ posters are submitted to compete in the county and state level. The county winners are invited to attend a special luncheon in their honor in March. Approximately 30,000 students from 130 communities take part in this annual contest. The Connecticut Fire Marshals Association, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environment Protection, Office of the State Fire Marshal, Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association, State Board of Education, and the Connecticut Fair Plan sponsor this event.
The winners, along with their families and art teacher Barb Szymanski, attended an award ceremony at Southington Fire Headquarters on Dec. 16. First place winners received checks for $50 along with a season pass to Lake Compounce, and they will receive an additional check for $150 from the Connecticut Fire Prevention Poster Committee. Both second place winners received checks for $25 and a season pass for Lake Compounce. Honorable Mention winners received various gifts donated by local restaurants, businesses and merchants. Ann Dyer from Photo Expressions donated her time to photograph the ceremony.
Southington Fire Fighters Local 2033, Lake Compounce, Manor Inn Restaurant, T.D. Homers, Southington Mini Diner, Spartan II Restaurant, Wood n Tap Restaurant, Cava Restaurant, Family Pizza Restaurant, Apple Valley Bowling, Sliders Grill and Bar, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and Play It Again Sports sponsored the local event.