Sturgeon Rural Crime Watch ready to launch poster contest

Last year’s winners line up with their posters – Morinville News File Photo

by Stephen Dafoe

Sturgeon Rural Crime Watch’s (SRCW) annual Poster Contest is underway. The contest is open to students in Grades 1 to 9 and Sturgeon County schools will receive information packages and a request to participate Oct. 10. Deadline for the contest is Dec. 11.

Last year 208 students entered their artwork in the 2014 Sturgeon Rural Crime Watch Association Poster Contest. SRCW Poster Director Dolly Bolen said in order to increase participation in this year’s event, students will be able to complete posters at home, but posters must be submitted back to teachers at the school when completed.

“This is important for Sturgeon Rural Crime Watch to do the poster contest to include children in education about community safety and security, and what to look for as far as being the eyes and ears of the community, which is our motto,” Bolen said. “These [students] are our future members. We’d like to educate the children on community safety.”

Posters are to be designed in landscape format on 8 1’2 X 11 paper and must reflect the themes: Rural Crime Watch, Crime Prevention and/or Report a Poacher.

Bolen said a variety of mediums, including pen, pencil, coloured pencil, crayon, paint, felt pen or original computer generated works, would be accepted.

The Poster Director is hoping students will take part in the annual contest and that parents will encourage them. “The kids can take the poster home and do it with their family because that involves the family as well,” Bolen said, adding parents who are not SRCW members will get a little awareness of the organization through the process.

Sturgeon Rural Crime Watch Association will judge posters. The local first winners’ entries will be sent to the Provincial Rural Crime Watch Association to be taken to the next level of competition. Each grade level will be eligible for a first-place prize of $50, a second-place prize of $40, and a third-place prize of $30. A certificate will accompany all cash prizes. First-place winning entries at the provincial level will be awarded $65 along with a plaque from the Alberta Solicitor General. Second place provincial prize is $45 and third-place is $30.

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