Michigan students encouraged to submit posters for weather contest

GENESEE COUNTY — The Michigan Committee for Severe Weather announces its 2011 Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest for any Michigan student in fourth or fifth grade.

The artwork must illustrate what individuals and families should do to prepare for Michigan severe weather, such as snowstorms, severe cold, tornados, thunderstorms, lightning and/or floods. The Committee is looking for posters with a simple, clear message. Lettering should be easy to read, and artwork should be bright, visible and complement the message.

Posters must be submitted on tag, poster or illustration board. The overall dimensions need to be approximately 15-inches by 20-inches. All artwork must be original and may be any media desired with the exception of pencil, chalk, charcoal or glitter. Stenciled, traced, computer-generated or commercially manufactured stick-on lettering or graphics is prohibited. All posters will be judged on the clarity of the preparedness message, and the quality of the art. Posters with misspelled words will be eliminated. All posters will become property of the Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness.

On the back of the poster, the following information must be printed: artist’s name, age and grade; artist’s home address, telephone number and names of parents; name, address and telephone number of school; and name of art instructor or classroom teacher, if any. Posters must be packed, wrapped and mailed to: National Weather Service Office, 9200 White Lake Road, White Lake, MI 48386.

First prize is a $200 U.S. Savings Bond; second prize is a $100 U.S. Savings Bond; third prize is a $75 U.S. Savings Bond; and fourth prize is a $50 U.S. Savings Bond. All entries must be postmarked by Feb. 1 and arrive in the National Weather Service Office no later than Feb. 6. Winners will be notified by mail no later than March 1. Winning posters from previous years can be viewed at www.mcswa.com.

For more information, contact Mark Walton, National Weather Service, at 616-949-0643, ext. 493 or Richard Pollman, National Weather Service, at 248-625-3309, ext. 726. — Natalie Blythe

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