Five students from three different Baton Rouge schools were chosen to represent their grade in the Baton Rouge Garden Club’s Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl poster contest for 2015.
Winners are Michael Forest, a first-grader from Westdale Heights Academic Magnet school; Allie Worthington, a second-grader at WHAM; Matthew Forest, third grade, WHAM; Rainey-Estelle Harrison, fourth grade, Parkview Baptist School; and Ben Atiyeh, fifth grade, Baton Rouge Visual and Performing Arts Center.
Requirements for the posters were inclusion of either Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl in the artwork and inclusion of one of the U.S. Forest Service’s prevention themes, including conservation, recycling and fire prevention, Smith said.
The artwork also had to demonstrate original thought.
The five winners were honored at an awards ceremony Sunday at the Baton Rouge Garden Center.
The garden club, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, sponsored the local contest. The winners will go on to the state competition, where they have a chance to advance to the regional, and then national, competitions, said Susie Smith, with the club.
The grand prize for the final national winner will be a trip to Washington, D.C., and a $100 savings bond.
The artwork will be on display for the next two weeks at the East Baton Rouge Public Library’s Main Branch, Smith said.
For more information about the garden club and its programs, call (225) 928-2270.