Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Contest Pushes Weather Awareness

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Contest Pushes Weather Awareness

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Byline: Patty Cawrse, Times-Union staff writer


Sponsored by Florida's American Red Cross Chapters, the National Weather Service and the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association, the contest is designed to promote hazardous weather awareness among Florida's school children.

Florida fourth- and fifth-graders can design a poster promoting hazardous weather awareness. Winning entries from each county school district will be displayed in the rotunda of the State Capitol during Hazardous Weather Awareness Week. Prizes of $100, $50 and $25 savings bonds will be awarded to the top three entries.

Posters must be packed, wrapped flat and mailed to the American Red Cross, 187 Office Plaza Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32301. Entries must be postmarked by Tuesday and received by the American Red Cross by Feb. 14.

Posters must be submitted on poster or illustration board. Overall dimensions must be approximately 15 inches by 20 inches. All artwork must be original and may be any media except pencil, chalk, charcoal or glitter. Stenciled, traced, computer-generated or commercially manufactured stick-on lettering or graphics are prohibited. All posters will become the property of the American Red Cross.

Posters will be judged on the clarity of the preparedness message and the quality of the art. Posters with misspelled words will be eliminated. The following information should appear on the back of the poster: Artist's name, age, grade, home address, telephone number and names of parents. Also include school's name, address and telephone number as well as the name of the art instructor or classroom teacher.

For more information, call the Northeast Florida Chapter at 358-8091, extension 1846.


Magnet Program -- The school's magnet program is dedicated to preparing students for acceptance to La Villa Middle School of the Arts and James Weldon Johnson and Darnell Cookman college prep middle schools. All students are instructed in Spanish, academics and music enrichment. The school also offers a gifted program and project EDGE (Enhancing, Developing and Generating Excellence) for academically talented students. Transportation to the school is provided from all county areas. There will be a Magnet School Open House at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 21, and school tours will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The school is located at 8801 Lake Placid Drive E., Jacksonville. For more information, call 924-3027.


Art exhibit -- The work of art teacher Emily Cheek will be on exhibit at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul's By-The-Sea Episcopal Church, 1150 Fifth St. …

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