Severe weather preparedness poster contest

LANSING — To draw attention to the need for being prepared in the event of severe weather, the Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness is sponsoring a Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest, open to all students currently enrolled in fourth or fifth grades. The deadline to enter is Feb. 15.

Posters must illustrate what individuals and families should do to prepare for Michigan severe weather, such as tornadoes, floods, snow storms, severe cold, lightning and thunderstorms, according to contest sponsors.

The first place winner will receive a $200 U.S. Savings Bond; second place, $100 U.S. Savings Bond; third place, $75 U.S. Savings Bond; and honorable mention, $50 U.S. Savings Bond.

Posters must be approximately 15 by 20 inches and submitted on quality poster or illustration board. The work must be original and may be in any media with the exception of pencil, chalk, charcoal or glitter. All posters will become the property of the sponsoring organization.

The artist’s name, grade and telephone number, along with the name, address and telephone number of the student’s school, and art instructor (if any), must be on the back of the poster.

Entries must be postmarked no later than midnight on Feb. 15. To enter, send posters wrapped flat to National Weather Service, 9200 White Lake Road, White Lake, MI 48386. Details: Lori Conarton 517-371-2880 or Rich Pollman 248- 625-3309, ext. 726. — G.G.

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