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County students recognized for promoting home chemical safety

April 07, 2005|by TARA REILLY

Hancock Elementary School student Emily Harvey won first place in a poster contest stressing home chemical safety awareness.

The contest is part of the Home Chemical Safety Program, created by the Washington County Local Emergency Planning Committee.

Sarah Elwood, of Clear Spring Elementary School, won second place. Clay Thomas, of Maugansville Elementary School, won third place.

The winners were announced at Tuesday's Washington County Commissioners meeting.

The program consists of two lessons that teach fourth-graders about home chemical safety, and then students illustrate a chemical safety tip in the poster contest, according to information provided by the county.

Sixteen schools and approximately 1,000 students participated in the program this year.

Emily's first-place prize included a $100 savings bond. Sarah and Clay each won $50 savings bonds.

The top three winners also received Home Chemical Safety T-shirts, certificates, backpacks containing the Local Emergency Planning Committee logo, lunch at McDonald's and their posters featured on a television commercial.

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The winner from each of the participating schools also received certificates from the county and other prizes.

Commissioners President Greg Snook and Hagerstown Mayor William Breichner each proclaimed this week as Home Chemical Safety Week at Tuesday's commissioners meeting.

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