Traffic Safety Poster and Essay Contest Nears Deadline

Friday, May 25th, 2012

The Importance of Traffic Safety Essay Contest

With plans well underway for the “Importance of Traffic Safety” poster and essay contest San Pedro Town Councilor Kenrick “Kenny” Brackett invites students to participate with the chance of winning great prizes.

The poster contest is slated for primary grade students and is divided into three different age groups. Group One consists of Infant I and II, Group Two includes Standard I, II and III and Group Three includes Standard IV, V and VI. The students are to design posters that include the various traffic signs such as pedestrian crossing, stop, yield and roundabout and what they mean.  All posters must be designed by hand and presented on standard sized Bristol/poster board. Along with the submission each age group must collectively create an advertising “jingle” or ad promotion to go along with the poster. A $350 cash prize will be awarded to the 1st place winners of each group and teachers from the submitting classes stand to win prizes as well.

For high school students there is an essay contest which is divided into two different groups, 1st and 2nd Form as Group One and 3rd and 4th Form as the Second Group. The theme should not only include the purpose of the signs listed above in the poster contest but the dangers of drinking and driving as well as why traffic safety is important. The essay must be at least 300 words long but no longer than 500. Submissions must be typed, double-spaced and hand delivered in hard-copy form. Each of the two groups will also collectively create an advertising “jingle” or ad promotion to go along with the essay. A $500 cash prize will be awarded to the 1st place winners of each group and teachers from the submitting classes stand to win prizes as well.

Other prizes include an overnight stay for two at Captain Morgan’s Retreat with breakfast and a $25 gift certificate, overnight stay for two at Mayan Princess, overnight stays for two at Belizean Shores, dinner for two at Molly Malone’s at The Hotel, two $50 gift certificates at Hidden Treasures, $50 gift certificate at Jambel Jerk towards a dinner, round-trip flights on Tropic Air to Belize City and golf cart rentals from Island Adventures to name a few. Sponsors include the San Pedro Town Council, The San Pedro Sun, Reef Radio & TV, Ambergris Today, Coldwell Banker, Eco Fuels and Kakaw Chocolate.

Submission deadline of the posters and essays is May 31st. Entries can be delivered to the Town Council, The San Pedro Sun, Reef Radio or Ambergris Today. The grand judging finale will be held on Sunday, June 10th at 6:30pm at the San Pedro Lions Den and broadcast live on Reef TV.  For more information please contact Councilor Brackett at 635-3844 or The San Pedro Sun at 226-2070.

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