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Children's Trust Announces Student Art Winners for Annual Safety Campaign
9/25/2014 12:01:05 PM

Student art winner Kassandra Hernandez-Zuniga from Taylor's Elementary is featured on the child passenger safety posters.
With the new school year in full swing, Children's Trust of South Carolina has launched its annual safety education campaign - On the Safe Side. As part of its Safe Kids program, On the Safe Side targets elementary school-age children, their families and teachers and is organized around 12 specific injury-risk areas. Materials include safety tips, lesson plans, an online quiz, web resources and take-home activity posters with children's artwork. Spanish versions of the posters and tips are also available.
Complete materials can be found here.   
The posters feature student art selected by a panel of working artists and a Facebook contest and include tips for staying safe, a safety pledge, interactive games and activities. During the 2014-2015 school year, more than one million posters will be delivered throughout South Carolina. Materials are also available online at no charge and may be easily accessed at
"The materials are designed to empower children and the adults in their lives to be smart about safety, said Lee Porter, chief program officer at Children's Trust. " Unintentional injuries are the number one killer of children under age 13. Understanding risks and taking simple steps to minimize danger can save a child's life."
A student art contest was held earlier this year to select the artwork for the 12 safety risk area posters. The contest was open to students across the state. Safety experts and members of the Safe Kids South Carolina advisory committee reviewed the art submissions and a panel of South Carolina artists and graphic designers selected the finalists. The winners were chosen by vote through a Safe Kids South Carolina Facebook contest.
"When drawing and sharing safety messages, students can engage with the best practice safety tips such as wearing helmets when riding a bike, fastening seat belts in the car and swimming with adult supervision," adds Kara Addy, chief communications officer. "It is a way for our program to connect directly with the children we are trying to reach. The creativity and charm of the submissions was endearing."
The following is a list by safety category of South Carolina's student art winners:  
  • Bicycle safety: Kriya Kouyoumjian from Tigerville Elementary in Travelers Rest
  • Child passenger safety: Kassandra Hernandez-Zuniga from Taylor's Elementary, Taylors
  • Fire safety: Raquel Fowler, Tigerville Elementary in Travelers Rest
  • Sports recreation and safety: Levi Taylor from Byrd Elementary in Graniteville
  • Gun safety: Ethan Hendrix from Buford Elementary School in Lancaster
  • Off road vehicle safety: Lucas Vanwyk from Crestview Elementary in Greer
  • Pedestrian safety: Regan Glynn from Taylors Elementary in Taylors
  • Playground safety: Bailie Johnson from Douglas Elementary in Trenton
  • Poison prevention: Lily Suttles from Tigerville Elementary in Travelers Rest
  • Railroad safety: Bryan Molina from Taylors Elementary in Taylors
  • Scald and burn safety: Savanna Kaney from Byrd Elementary in Graniteville
  • Water safety: Adrian Alamilla-Vega from Taylors Elementary in Taylors
Details on how to participate in the art contest for the 2015-2016 posters will be available in mid-October at Reservations for poster delivery will open in the first quarter of 2015.  

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