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In May 2012, Smokey Bear (Ranger Daniel Fore) and Deanne Daniel of the Wayne County Forestry Division visited Odum Elementary School to congratulate Wayne County students who won first and second place in the Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Poster Contest.

Two kids from River Ridge Elementary received 2012 awards by the GCG for their SBWO poster entries. Spade & Trowel GC sponsored this school. Emmie Reeves won the blue ribbon for 3rd graders and Hannah won third for 1st graders. Both girls received checks from the GCG. Emmie's poster went on to win first of 3rd grade entries in the Deep South Region. We are very proud of our poster winners!

Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Poster Contest

Attention local garden clubs, teachers, collaborators, and USDA Forest Service employees! Here is what you and your students can do to help the environment: We're inviting 1st through 5th grade students to demonstrate through original drawings of Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl their understanding of fire prevention and basic environmental conservation principles.

Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl
Smokey Bear is recognized nationally and internationally as the symbol for fire prevention. You've seen him dressed in a ranger's hat and blue jeans and carrying a shovel. The original Smokey Bear appeared in 1944. Smokey's message, "Remember, Only You Can Prevent Wildfires," is one that children have heard for many years. It encourages personal responsibility for fire prevention. Smokey Bear teaches children and adults to be careful with campfires, barbecues, trash fires, and matches.

Woodsy Owl is America's icon for the conservation of the environment. Since 1971, Woodsy has been helping parents and teachers inspire children to observe, explore, and care for the environment. He challenges children to "Lend a Hand—Care for the Land!"

Woodsy Owl encourages children to join him by taking an active role in caring for the land through recycling, reusing, and reducing waste; planting and caring for trees; using resources wisely (such as not wasting water or electricity); not littering; and generally caring for the planet we live on.

The Grand Prize National Poster Contest Winner will win a free round trip airfare and accommodations for four to Washington, DC. A $100 U.S. Savings Bond will also be awarded to the First Place National Winners from each grade level.

Download complete rules and application here. Posters should be submitted to your District Chair by December 1 and then to State Chairman on or before January 15. Click on your district to access a sheet of labels. One label should be affixed to the back of each poster. Complete the required information before submitting posted to your District SBWO Chairman. Here are some helpful Poster Tips.

Laurel labels - Azalea labels - Oleander labels - Camellia labels
Magnolia labels - Dogwood labels - Redbud labels

Winning Posters Report

Mary Ogden
51 Horton Road
Odum, GA 31555

Barred Owl

Woodsy Owl has taken up residency right outside the window at the top of the stairs at Headquarters. I'm glad he didn't bring Smokey Bear with him!

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