National Poison Prevention Week, the third week of March each year, is a week nationally designated to bring attention to the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. To celebrate this week in Washington and highlight the role of the poison centers as a free resource for all people, the Washington Poison Center hosts a statewide poster contest to engage children in helping communicate messages of poison safety to other children and adults. The contest is open to children in 1st-5th grades living anywhere in Washington State. The contest has official started and entries will be accepted until January 13, 2017. More information can be found at here.
One student’s work will be selected as the grand prize and be transformed into Washington Poison Center’s Annual Poison Prevention Week poster. This winner will also receive a cash prize, the opportunity to meet with Mr. Yuk, and travel to the Washington State Capitol during Poison Prevention Week to promote poison safety. There are also prizes for the winner’s sponsor/school/PTA or organization. Two additional runners up will receive a cash prize. Winners will be announced in early March 2017.
Spread the word and help us promote the contest through our Facebook and Twitter pages. Since this is the 10th anniversary of the contest, we hope to also share updates on our previous contest winners.
Last year we had one of our most successful contests with several hundred entries from all over the state, and for the first time the grand prize winner was from central Washington! We hope that this year can follow in that success. And a special thank you to our sponsor, Umpqua Bank.