County Comment: Commissioners Honor Home Chemical Safety Program Student Winners for 2009

CUTLINE: Home Chemical Safety Week winners. L-R: Kevin Lewis, Mayor Bob Bruchey, Emily Mutchler, Isaiah Redman, Katelynn Mueller, Sarah Zaccaria, Kyle Curtis, Commissioner John Barr



County Comment
Commissioners Honor Home Chemical Safety Program Student Winners for 2009
by Norman Bassett, Public Information Officer
Washington County, Maryland

In the regular meeting of the Washington County Board of County Commissioners on April 21st, the Commissioners Proclaimed April 19-25 as Home Chemical Safety Week and presented awards to winners of this year's Home Chemical Safety Poster Contest.
Commissioners' President John Barr issued the proclamation to Local Emergency Planning Committee Chairperson, Director of Fire and Emergency Services Kevin Lewis, along with a similar proclamation from Hagerstown Mayor Bob Bruchey on behalf of the City Council.
Certificates and awards were presented to the Home Chemical Safety Program school poster winners. 1st place winner was Emily Mutchler of Smithsburg Elementary; 2nd place went to Isaiah Redman of Pleasant Valley Elementary, and the 3rd place winner was Kyle Curtis of Sharpsburg Elementary. Earning Honorable Mention honors were Sarah Zaccaria, Boonsboro Elementary and Katelynn Mueller of Hancock Elementary.
The Washington County Local Emergency Planning Committee partners with the public school system and area businesses to provide an educational program on home chemical safety to fourth grade students
The two-lesson program provides students information on the definition of a chemical, how to read labels and develops safety rules for proper storage and handling of chemicals. The participants are given an opportunity to illustrate a particular chemical safety tip learned during the program in a poster contest.
Corporate and community sponsors include Good Humor-Breyers, the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, Washington County Local Emergency Planning Committee/Emergency Management/Division of Fire and Emergency Services, and Washington County Special operations.
The County's Special Operations Team provided lunch for the finalists and a ride in a fire truck for the winners.