Not only was Cider Mill 5th grader Emily Bukowski the winner of this year’s Wilton Fire Department Fire Prevention Poster contest, but her design also went on to win the competition at the Fairfield County level.
At an awards luncheon in Cromwell in late March, winners from each county in CT were presented with a certificate and trophy.
This year’s contest was themed “Fire Prevention – Everyone/Everyday,” and the objective was to promote child and adult awareness of fire prevention responsibilities. The annual statewide 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).
This year over 30,000 students from across Connecticut participated in the contest.
Emily’s mother, Maria Bukowski, credited Cider Mill art teacher Michael Galullo with encouraging the students’ efforts in taking part in the contest. She called his support “inspiring.”