Abrahm Rivas, first grade; Kaelyn Ray, second grade; Mattilyn Mergen, third grade; and Kody McClelland, fourth grade, of the Green Ridge Elementary School all received first place awards in the West Central District of the Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri Smokey Bear Poster Contest. Sunnie Magnuson, fifth grade, placed second.
Milanna Kondratyuk, fourth grade, and Tatyanna Siderov, fifth grade, received second place in the Woodsy Owl Poster Contest.
First place posters were sent to the FGCM poster chairman for judging at the state level.
Students competing at the West Central District level had received first place in the Green Ridge Elementary School competition.
Mary Durrill of the Windsor Garden Club presented certificates and awards from the West Central District of the FGCM to the winners. The National Garden Clubs, Inc. and the National Forest Service with the cooperation of the Missouri Department of Conservation, sponsor the contests.
Each student drew pictures of Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl. Posters were judged on originality, presentation and attention to following instructions. The contests are an effort by the National Garden Clubs, Inc. to help children be aware of their responsibilities to prevent wildfires and to promote the environment and anti-littering accountabilities.
The Green Ridge Elementary School participated in the Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl poster contest through the art department with Mrs. Lori Larimore, art teacher. The Windsor Garden Club sponsors the contest at the school.
In the photo: Front: Abrahm Rivas, Kaelyn Ray, and Milanna Kondratyuk. Back: Sunnie Magnuson and Tatvanna Siderov. Not pictured: Mattilyn Mergen and Kody McClelland of Green Ridge Elementary School. Photo submitted.