For Immediate Release

                                                                                     Media Contact: Brian Spector


Winners of the Pembroke Pines
22nd Annual Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest

Kindergarten:  Somerset Academy: 1st place Sophia Borroto, 2nd place Gabriela Vazquez, and 3rd place Victoria Arencibia, Montessori Academy.

First Grade: 1st place Ronak Arya Somerset Academy, 2nd place Mar’Lissandro Stoute PPCS East Campus, and 3rd place Amber Huergo Somerset Academy.

Second Grade:  Montessori Academy: 1st place Alexa Ahamad, 2nd place Amari Charles and 3rd place Sidharth Mudusu Somerset Academy.

Third Grade: 1st place Netram Agrawal PPCS-West Campus, Lakeside Elementary: 2nd place Vedant Pant and 3rd place Addison Grotz.

Fourth Grade: 1st place Zaniah Richards Renaissance Charter School, 2nd place Matthew McGovern PPCS- West Campus and 3rd place Sadie Rodriguez, Somerset Academy.

Fifth Grade: 1st place Zane Thompson, Pines Lakes Elem., 2nd place Vaishnavi Kuppala, PPCS- East Campus and 3rd place Vanessa Angel, PPCS- Central Campus

Pembroke Pines, FL (October 11, 2018)  – Congratulations to the winners of the 22nd annual Fire Safety Poster Contest held for City of Pembroke Pines school children from Kindergarten through Fifth grade as part of Fire Prevention Week, October 7 – 13, 2018.  A total of 1,453 students participated, creating posters with this year’s theme “Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”

The participating schools included Pines Charter-FSU, Montessori Academy, Somerset Academy, and Chapel Trail; which submitted a total of 769 posters, the most from any school this year.  This year’s campaign aimed at educating people about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire and how to escape safely in the event of one. The three steps include: Look: Look for places fire can start. Listen: Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. Learn: Learn two ways out of every room.

“The Fire Prevention Poster Contest is a great way to reinforce safety and the importance of identifying potential fire hazards in our homes,” said Sandra Lluis, Pembroke Pines Fire Marshal. “It teaches our children and their families to be aware of their surroundings and the steps that should be taken in the event of a fire, while allowing them to have fun and showcase their creative side.”

Students placing first, second and third have their artwork displayed in the main lobby of the Charles F. Dodge City Center located at 601 City Center Way from October 8th through the 17th.  City Center hours are Monday through Thursday 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Additionally, winners, their families, and their teachers are invited to the City Center for the Commission Meeting on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 at 6:30 PM where this year’s winning artists will be presented with an award.
Why have a Fire Prevention Week? It was October 8th, 1871 when a fire started in Mrs. O’Leary’s farm, reportedly caused by a cow in the barn that tipped over a lantern. Now known as The Great Chicago Fire, the fire started on Sunday, October 8th and burned until Tuesday, October 10th killing more than 250 people and leaving 100,000 homeless. In remembrance of that fateful day in 1871, the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week which is observed each year during the week of October 9th. In commemoration of Fire Prevention Week, the Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue holds an annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest.

For further information, and for other programs offered by the City of Pembroke Pines Fire Department, including the free American Heart Association Family and Friends CPR course held on the third Monday of each month please call the City of Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue Department, Fire Marshal’s office at (954) 499-9560.

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