A.E. Bowers students place in regional contest
Three students from A.E. Bowers Elementary School used their artistic creativity to promote different safety aspects in their school and won big.
Grade 3 student Carly Caprarie, 8, won first place at the regional level of the UTC Safety Poster contest for her poster on Internet safety.
“I learned that the Internet can be very dangerous,” Caprarie said, “and if you go on the Internet, use it safely and ask your parents first.”
Caprarie said she got the idea for her poster from her auntie who she said is an Internet detective.
Some of the tips she included on her poster included don’t put pictures of yourself on the Internet and don’t talk to people you don’t know.
Eight-year-old Haley Aplin also chose to do her second-place-winning poster on Internet safety because her mom works for the Calgary Police Department and has friends that work in Internet safety.
“She helped me with the ideas,” Aplin said of her mom.
Some of Aplin’s tips put don’t put anything on the Internet that makes people feel bad about themselves and if you wouldn’t say it to their face, don’t say it on the Internet.
“Because when you share somebody’s personal information it could spread all over and then you can’t take it off,” said the Grade 3 student. “It is just not nice, also.”
Charley Frost, 9, was inspired by her recent trip to Maui to create her third-place-winning poster on ocean safety. The Grade 4 student said while in Maui, she almost got pulled under a wave.
The tips on her poster include learning to swim before you do go out on the water and if you get in trouble remain calm, tread water and, “wave your arms like a crazy person and call for help,” she said.
Susan Young, safety poster chairperson for the region and Associated Canadian Travellers (ACT) Calgary Club 1014 member, said she looked for more than just content when judging the posters.
“We look for what jumps out at us,” she said of bright colour or textile elements added to a poster.
ACT is a part of UTC, a non-profit financial services membership organization.
“Members work to enhance their communities through community service, charitable fundraising and helping those in need,” states the organization’s website.
ACT donated $500 to schools for participating in the contest.
“They can do with it as they want,” she said of the funding.
“They just have to supply the poster paper and crayons (to the students).”
A.E. Bowers Child Development Advisor Treena McKinnon said this year the money went towards a pizza party for all the kids who participated, prizes for the top three winners and resources for the school.
She said this is the fifth year A.E. Bowers has participated in the contest.
“This school has always done well. They have some really good drawers,” Young said.
“The kids are really eager and ask about it every year,” McKinnon said. “It just gets them thinking about it (safety) and promotes safety around the school.”
First-place winner Caprarie received $50 from the school for her win and her poster will be entered into the international competition in Illinois in July.
If she wins there, she could win up to $100 if she finishes in the top three.