BERKELEY – The goal of the 2018 Fire Prevention Poster Contest was to drive home the point that you must be aware of all your options to flee a fire in the building you’re in. The children took this to heart and created eye-catching artwork to help illustrate this fact.
“Every Second Counts, Plan Two Ways Out” was the theme of the contest. In the case of an emergency, you need a back-up plan if the normal exit is blocked by fire, said Berkeley fire official Jack Wiegartner.
Last year, in the United States alone, fire companies responded to 1.3 million fires. More statistics he shared were that there is a fire every 24 seconds, and fire claims the lives of nine people every day.
There were “hundreds and hundreds” of submissions, and it was a “tough decision” to pick the winners, he said.
The winners for the kindergarten to 2nd grade are:
- 1st place: Joseph Urcinole, Bayville Elem.
- 2nd place: Alfredo Jimenez, Bayville Elem.
- 3rd place: Lainey Sierfield, Clara B. Worth Elem.
The winners for the 3rd grade through 5th grade division are:
- 1st place: Adriana Manochio, H&M Potter Elem.
- 2nd place: Ava Gamba, Clara B. Worth Elem.
- 3rd place: Samantha DeMarco, Berkeley Township Elem.
The winners for the 6th through 8th grade division are:
- 1st place: Thomas Farruggia, Berkeley Township Elem.
- 2nd place: Megan Lenox, Central Regional
- 3rd place: Rylie Lowden, Central Regional
The winners for the 9th through 12th grade division are (all Central Regional):
- 1st place: Kyle Delorenzo
- 2nd place: Madison Salanitro
- 3rd place: Hazel Morrissey
The winners for the 9th through 12th grade special education division are (all Central Regional):
- 1st place: Destiney Rivera
- 2nd place: Ashley Soltis
- 3rd place: Victoria Gries