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Area students honored as winners in poster contest

April 27, 2010
  • Home Chemical Safety Week Poster winners, from left, are Thomas Bunce, Caroline Reinhart and Sara Hynen.
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Pleasant Valley Elementary School fourth-grader Caroline Reinhart was the winner of a Washington County poster contest promoting safe practices for household chemicals.

The contest was part of a home chemical safety program for fourth-graders provided by the Local Emergency Planning Committee in partnership with Washington County Public Schools and area businesses, Washington County Emergency Services Director Kevin L. Lewis said. The two-lesson program teaches students the definition of a chemical, how to read labels, and safety rules for proper storage and handling of chemicals.

The second-place winner in the poster contest was Sara Hynen of Sharpsburg Elementary School and the third-place winner was Thomas Bunce of Smithsburg Elementary School.

The winners were recognized April 20 by the Washington County Commissioners. They were presented with savings bonds from the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, as well as medals and other prizes from sponsors.

In addition, the county's Special Operations team provided the winners and finalists from other participating schools with lunch and a ride in a firetruck.

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Commissioners President John F. Barr and Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II also read proclamations April 20 designating April 18 to 24 as Home Chemical Safety Week.

Corporate and community sponsors included Good Humor-Breyers Ice Cream, the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, Washington County Public Schools, Washington County Special Operations, the Washington County Local Emergency Planning Committee/Emergency Management Office/Division of Emergency Services and the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Public service announcements about the importance of chemical safety in the home began airing April 21 on local television and cable systems.

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