Darien Elementary student a top finisher in fire safety poster contest

Darien fifth grader Jason Hines shows off his award-winning fire safety poster with, from left, Kathy Meulemans from the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety, and Darien firefighters Dustin Ransom, Justin Schuenke and Stephaine Krueger.

Darien fifth grader Jason Hines shows off his award-winning fire safety poster with, from left, Kathy Meulemans from the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety, and Darien firefighters Dustin Ransom, Justin Schuenke and Stephaine Krueger.

Jason Hines

Jason Hines

DARIEN — The Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety (WAFS) has awarded Darien Elementary School fifth grader Jason Hines an Honorable Mention in the WAFS annual “fire and burn prevention poster contest.”

Hines received his framed artwork and a $25 Kohl’s gift certificate for his statewide entry.

Hines is a member of Lori Thorson’s class of fifth graders at Darien. He is the only student from the district to win in the poster contest.

The grant is part of the annual WAFS Newspapers-in-Education Fire Safety Program that reached more than 2,000 Wisconsin schools with a 16-page fire safety special section through the partnership with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper. The contest was open to fourth- through seventh-grade students throughout Wisconsin.

Hines’s poster was selected according to the following criteria:  50 percent message, 25 percent creativity and 25 percent artistry.

The award categories consisted of one grand prize, two tied for first place, two tied for second place and four honorable mentions. More than 500 entries from across the state entered the contest.

Way to go, Jason!

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ABOUT WAFS: Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, encourage and foster fire safety, burn prevention, public fire safety education and support burn survivors. For more information visit www.wafs.org

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