Coates and Jackson place first in Smokey Bear poster contests

The Rappahannock Garden Club recently worked with art teacher Marilyn Sprouse and fourth and fifth graders at Lancaster Middle School to create posters for the National Smokey Bear Contest.

Members Margie Redlin, Pam Lazorchak, Muffin Fitzpatrick, Mary Ann McKay, Bonnie Schaschek and Mary Hutya went to each classroom to read the story of Smokey Bear and talk about the importance of wildfire safety. The children learned Smokey’s five rules to prevent wildfires. All the students worked on creating posters.

Finished posters were submitted to the club’s youth committee to be judged. The fourth-grade winner was Jayden Coates and fifth-grade winner was Riley Jackson. Winners were each presented a Smokey Bear plaque by the garden club.

The posters were then entered in the Piedmont District contest and both Coates and Jackson placed first for their grade. The posters have now been submitted to the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs and entered in the state contest.