Largo Fire Rescue and Clear Channel Outdoor Media Sponsor Poster/Billboard Contest
LARGO - Largo Fire Rescue and Clear Channel Outdoor Media have once again sponsored the Largo Fire Safety Poster/Billboard Contest, which is held each year prior to National Fire Prevention Week - October 4-10 this year. All fourth graders within the Largo Fire District had the opportunity to create artwork for the contest. Clear Channel Outdoor Media generously donated the billboard space and reproduced the student's creation onto a billboard, which will remain on display throughout the month of October. The contest is designed to have children think about fire safety and to raise public awareness about prevention and protection from its dangers. Fire Prevention Week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, in which more than 250 people died, 100,000 were left homeless, and more than 17,400 structures were destroyed.
Each of the schools received prizes for their first, second, and third place winners; and the Grand Prize "over all" poster was chosen from all of the first place entries. The student with the "over all" winning poster was recognized by the Largo Fire Marshal, Assistant Fire Marshal, and Public Educators on October 5th at the school.
This year Mia Lucciola, age 9, from Anona Elementary was the "over all" winner of the 2009 Largo Poster/Billboard Contest. She and her family rode in a fire engine to the billboard site located at Largo Fire Rescue Station 38, 7630 Ulmerton Road. Then, along with Vice-Mayor Gigi Arntzen, Mia was lifted by the 100-foot ladder and bucket of the new Largo Fire truck, up to the billboard for photos with her winning entry.
Both Mia and the the Anona Elementary principal/director were recognized at the Largo City Commission meeting on October 6th. Largo Fire Rescue wants to thank everyone for their participation in the contest, students and teachers alike.
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