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Winners in the annual Shelton fire prevention poster and essay contests were honored during a Feb. 24 ceremony at Shelton Intermediate School.

Citywide winners in the fourth and fifth grade poster competition were:

Kendyll Flamini, a fourth grader at Long Hill School

Charlotte Zilinek, a fifth grader at Perry Hill School

Both received a cash award of $100, a certificate, and a metal. Their posters now have advanced to the statewide contest.

Citywide winners in the sixth grade essay/public service announcement contest were:

Emily Sandin, first place, Ms. Ibsens’s class, Perry Hill School

Nicholas Couture, second place, Mr. Anderson’s class, St. Joseph School

Aliye Reinhardt, third place, Mrs. Coffin's class, Perry Hill School

The winning authors and their classrooms received cash awards of $100, $75 and $50 for first, second and third place.


Many entries submitted


Nearly 900 posters and 40 essays were received in the contests. Ted Pisciotta, Shelton assistant fire chief for fire prevention, said submissions help identify how the Shelton Fire Prevention Bureau can best target its educational efforts.

Students in both the poster and essay contests depicted many of the essential elements of preventing fire from ever occurring and of preparation and planning required to be ready for fire, Pisciotta said.
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Pisciotta hopes the messages will be shared with everyone in the community to help further reduce needless damage to property, injury to persons and loss of life that can result from fire.

During the awards ceremony, Mayor Mark Lauretti spoke about the benefit of the annual contests and thanked those who support this fire safety program.

Lauretti said fire safety education is important to save lives, prevent harm, protect property, and keep firefighters safe.


The poster contest


In the poster contest, first- and second-place winners from the fourth and fifth grades in each of Shelton’s public and parochial schools received cash awards of $75 and $50.

All first-place posters will be displayed at schools, public buildings and events.

Each student who submitted a poster will receive a certificate of appreciation and a pen from the Connecticut Fire Prevention Poster Committee. Board of Aldermen members served as judges.

Started in 1984, the contest develops fire safety awareness in youngsters and encourages them to take the message home to their families.

It is jointly sponsored by Connecticut FAIR Plan, representing the insurance industry in this state; the Connecticut Fire Marshals Association; Connecticut Board of Education and the State Fire Marshal’s Office. The local contest is administered by the Shelton Fire Prevention Bureau.


The essay contest


The essay contest began in 1996 and promotes fire safety by having students research the topic to write an essay.
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Click below to read Emily Sandin's winning essay:
http://sheltonherald.com/63482/commentary-a-candle-a-family-and-a-late-night-fire/
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The judges were representatives of the Valley Independent Sentinel, Connecticut Post, and Voice of the Valley blog.

Pisciotta congratulated student winners in both contests and thanked parents, teachers, principals and firefighters for their efforts.

Learn more from the Shelton Fire Prevention Bureau at 203-924-1555 or www.sheltonfireprevention.org.