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Wilton Students Win Fire Prevention Poster Contest

WILTON, Conn. —  The Wilton Fire Department announced four local winners in the Connecticut Fire Prevention Poster Contest on Monday.

Fire Marshal David Kohn will present certificates to the winners at an awards ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 5, at Cider Mill School. David Chaloux, president of Wilton Firefighters Local 2233, will present savings bonds to the winners, $100 for first place and $50 for runners-up.

Fourth-grader Aarushi Dham and fifth-grader Ally Dejana took first place. Runners-up were Eric Zhang for the fourth grade and Olivia Borden for fifth-grade.

The contest theme was “Fire Prevention — Everyone/Everyday." Its purpose is to promote child and adult awareness of fire prevention responsibilities. Last year, approximately 30,000 entries were submitted throughout the state.

The annual competition for fourth- and fifth-graders began Oct. 1 and is run by elementary school teachers in cooperation with the contest sponsors: The Connecticut Fire Marshals Association, Office of the State Fire Marshal, Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association, State Board of Education and the Connecticut FAIR Plan (representing the insurance industry).

First-place posters on the local level will be submitted to a county?wide competition, and the winners of that contest go on to a state final.

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