Congratulations to Aarav Pillay for winning the
2023 Poison Prevention Poster Contest
We are pleased to announce the winner of our 17th annual Poison Prevention Poster Contest: Aarav Pillay, a 6th grade student at Kent Laboratory Academy in Kent, Washington.
Over seventy Washington students in kindergarten through 6th grade submitted posters showing how Mr. Yuk and the Washington Poison Center help keep everyone safe from harmful substances. The Washington Poison Center partnered with Seattle Children’s for a second consecutive year to promote the poster contest and provide an online poison safety curriculum for elementary-aged students. A panel of judges from Seattle Children’s selected Aarav’s poster as the winner: “Aarav did a wonderful job showing us many of the places that Mr. Yuk is stuck!” stated Isabell Sakamoto, Suicide and Injury Prevention Program Manager at Seattle Children’s. “We see that poisonous substances come in many forms and could be all around the home and places we visit throughout the community. We thank Aarav for sharing his wisdom and creativity, and the Washington Poison Center for being an incredible resource for the community!”
We transformed Aarav’s artwork into the official Washington State Poison Prevention Poster for National Poison Prevention Week, March 19-25, 2023. Organizations may download the poster here to print, or here to post on social media. Mr. Yuk and Aarav will also virtually meet with Washington state legislators to discuss his artwork, poison prevention, and how legislators help keep Washingtonians safe.
We encourage you to join us in celebrating National Poison Prevention Week!
- Click here to order free Washington Poison Center materials (Mr. Yuk stickers, magnets, brochures, and more)
- Download the 2023 Poison Prevention Poster
- Sample social media message: Congratulations to Aarav Pillay, age 11, for winning the Washington Poison Center’s 2023 Poison Prevention Poster Contest! Aarav is in the 6th grade at Kent Laboratory Academy in Kent. Celebrate with Aarav by participating in #poisonprevention activities during National Poison Prevention Week- learn more at the @Washington Poison Center