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Staff Photo by Stacey Hairston: These children are winners in the first annual Fire Prevention Art Contest, sponsored by the Rocky Mount Volunteer Fire Department, Franklin County Public Schools and The Rockingham Group.

Friday, November 16, 2012


The winners of the first annual "Team Up For Safety" Art Contest were announced Wednesday night during an awards ceremony at the Rocky Mount Volunteer Fire Department.

The Rockingham Group and the fire department teamed up with Franklin County public schools to sponsor the contest as a way to stress the importance of fire safety. The contest coincided with Fire Safety Week, which was October 7-13.

"We would like to make this an annual event," said Ron Pritchard, Rockingham Group agent, adding that the importance of fire safety couldn't be stressed enough to children and adults alike.

Students in grades K-12 were encouraged to submit a piece of artwork to celebrate Fire Prevention Week, while sticking to the theme of "Have two ways out."

Over 170 entries were submitted and judged on aesthetics, safety message and creativity. Winners received monetary prizes, as well as gift bags from local businesses.

Students receiving awards were:

•Grades K-2: Kaleigh Hatzlett (1st), Camryn Proctor (2nd), Delaney Foley (3rd) and Elizabeth Montgomery (Honorable Mention);

•Grades 3-4: Jaydan Hodges (1st), Bailey James (2nd) and Rayden Dillon (3rd);

•Grades 5-6: Lindsay Stubbs (1st), Stormee Chitwood (2nd), Celia Bourhill (3rd) and Robbie Sigmon (Honorable Mention);

•Grades 7-8: Mindi Layman (1st), Cameron Snyder (2nd), Eli Austin (3rd) and Amber Hodges (Honorable Mention).

"The whole idea behind this art contest is fire safety," said Chief Charlie Robertson. "You can never make your house too safe. We all need to practice fire safety."

The winning art will be on display at Kentucky Fried Chicken in Rocky Mount for two weeks.

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