Valdosta Daily Times

April 1, 2014

Smokey and Woodsy poster winners announced

The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — The Camellia District Garden Clubs announced the winners of the Smokey the Bear and Woodsy Owl Poster Contests.

Children from first through fifth grades were invited to participate in the 2014 National Garden Clubs Poster Contest. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the National Garden Clubs gave students the opportunity to demonstrate through original drawings of Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl their understanding of wildfire prevention and basic environmental conservation principles.

Inday Bauer, Camellia District contest chair, praised and thanked all of the students, schools, teachers, parents, sponsors, and garden clubs for their efforts and for taking time to communicate the important messages of Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl.

Bauer told them, “Your initiative, dedication, and teaching helped your students understand the vital meaning that ‘Only You Can Prevent Wildfires’ and ‘Lend a Hand, Care for the Land’ convey. By participating and involving students in this endeavor, you instilled a conscious awareness in students’ minds of how precious and delicate the earth is for the existence of all humankind.”

There were five participating schools in the Camellia District, each sponsored by a garden club with a total of 342 student participants. Valwood Lower-Middle School and North Brooks Elementary were the two schools from the local area to have winners.