Commissioners recognize 14 home chemical safety poster contest

March 31, 2006

Finalists from 14 Washington County elementary schools were recognized Tuesday at a Washington County Commissioners meeting for their participation in the Home Chemical Safety Poster Contest.

Of those students, three top finalists were named.

  • Stephanie Gonzalez, of Emma K. Doub Elementary School, won third place. She won a gold medal, a $50 gift certificate from Toys R Us and a $50 savings bond.

  • Keirsten Kline, of Hancock Elementary School, was the second-place winner. Keirsten received a gold medal, a $50 gift certificate from Toys R Us and a $50 savings bond.

  • The first-place winner was Kelly Schmidt from Potomac Heights Elementary School. Kelly won a gold medal, a $100 gift certificate from Circuit City and a $100 savings bond.

The three finalists also received Local Emergency Planning Committee backpacks filled with gifts provided by LEPC agencies and area businesses, according to a written statement.

All students who participated in the 2006 Home Chemical Safety Program will receive an ice cream treat from Good Humor-Breyers Ice Cream. All 14 finalists received a lunch from McDonald's provided by Washington County Special Operations, according to the statement.


According to the statement, approximately 6,000 students have been educated in home chemical safety through the program.

The program teaches students how to read labels and about the proper storage and handling of home chemicals, according to a statement from County Public Information Officer Norman Bassett.

Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II and County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook on Tuesday proclaimed March 26 to April 1 as Home Chemical Safety Week in the city and county.

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