Southwest second-graders create posters to promote Fire Prevention Week

Varnett’s Southwest second-graders search their imagination and information skills to create a poster board for Fire Prevention Week, which took place last month.

Ms. Harriett Sandles, who teaches reading, said students could use an age/grade-appropriate book or an online site on fire prevention to post their visual message.

She added that parents could offer guidance but encouraged them to let the children do most of the work.

“My goal is to broaden my students’ understanding of the world and society and to develop their writing skills,” Ms. Sandles said.

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And for extra motivation, Ms. Sandles turned the project into a contest, with judging based on appearance and neatness, content knowledge, image communication and factual information.

In the end, a panel of judges declared student Kathlynn Perez (upper right photo) the winner. Ms. Sandles awarded her a $15 gift certificate from McDonald's and some other goodies.

For her part, Kathlynn said she received some help from her mom, but Kathlynn did the writing. She also described how she felt when she learned that the judges picked her poster.

“I was so happy because my parents were happy,” Kathlynn said. “I care when they are happy, too.”

During Fire Prevention Week -- October 9-15, 2022 -- children, adults and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire, according to Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically reduce casualties caused by fires.

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