This past fall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. invited the members of the Boys & Girls Club of Bulloch County to participate in the 2017 Smokey the Bear and Woodsy Owl poster contest. Students were to demonstrate their understanding of wildfire prevention and basic environmental conservation principles through original drawings of Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl. The posters were judged on many factors, including spelling, artistic skills, and similarity to the characters and what they represent.
Smokey Bear is recognized nationally and internationally as the symbol for wildfire prevention. The original Smokey Bear appeared in 1944. Smokey’s message, “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires!” encourages personal responsibility for wildfire prevention. Smokey Bear teaches children and adults to be careful with campfires, barbecues, trash fires, and matches.
Woodsy Owl is America’s icon for the conservation of the environment. Since 1971, Woodsy has helped parents and teachers inspire children to observe, explore, and care for the environment. He challenges children to “Lend a Hand, Care for the Land!” and to take an active role in caring for the land through recycling, reusing, and reducing waste, planting and caring
for trees, using resources wisely, and not littering.
On Friday, February 3rd, a representative from the National Garden Clubs, the U.S. Forest Service and Smokey Bear came to the Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County to announce the winners. This year was especially exciting, as one of our members won first place at the district level! Kaydince Nabb’s poster has been submitted to the State Level, and if chosen, will advance to the National Level. If you see her, be sure to tell her congratulations!
CONGRATULATIONS to all of the members who participated!
2nd grade: 1st place Destiny Goode, 2nd place Kaydince Nabb
3rd grade: 1st place Taleena Bellamy, 2nd place Serendity Dean
4th grade: 1st place Christopher Bennefield, 2nd Place Kelly Xochicale
5th grade: 1st place Taylor Darlington, 2nd grade Emily Xochicale
Oleander District Winners
1st place: Kaydince Nabb
2nd place: Destiny Goode
2nd place: Kelly Xochicale
3rd place: Taleena Bellamy
3rd place: Emily Xochicale