With nearly 100 entries to sort through in a patch designing contest for Warren grader-schoolers launched in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week, Fire Department Chief Mike LoSapio said judging wasn't too easy.
"We asked kids what they thought when they heard the word 'fire'," he said. "We had some really great entries."
The judges included firefighters CJ Young (Mt. Horeb firehouse), Andrew Fitch (Mt. Bethel), Willie Mobus (Washington Valley firehouse) and Brennen Gaiser (Community firehouse) selected nine winners from the entries, picking one from each grade submitting entries.
Friday, Young and Chief LoSapio visited Angelo L. Tomaso and Central schools to present the winners with an art kit, a certificate featuring each student's patch design, and a plaque—engraced with the student's name.
"She's really excited she gets to keep the plaque," laughed Sandy Bruno, whose daughter Sarah claimed ALT's fifth-grade prize.
The other winners were:
- Inica Kotasthane (3rd grade)
- Malvika George (4th grade)
- Sophia Mariano (2nd grade)
- Grace Alto (3rd grade)
- Aneesh Karuppur (4th grade)
- Patrick Alto (5th grade)
The contest was coordinated with help from Superintendent Tami Crader, Central School Principal Janet Milita, ALT Principal Kathy Bond and Central School art teacher Rebecca Black.