Young Artists Portray Value Of Food Safety

June 20, 1985|By From Sentinel Services

WASHINGTON — Leading a field of about 140,000 participants, grade school students from New York, California and Florida won top honors in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 1985 poster contest by illustrating that food safety can never take a holiday. The winners represent the three contest age groups: grades 1-2, 3-4 and 5-6.

New Yorker Christopher Hill, 8, heading the youngest group, is a second- grader at The Alexander Robertson School in New York City. Courtney Poole, 9, from the middle grades, is a fourth-grader at American Union School, Fresno, Calif., and Florida's Claire Goetsch, 10, winner in the upper level, is a fifth-grader at Loggers' Run Middle School, Boca Raton.

''These young winners, in addition to turning out fine art, show a firm grasp of this year's teaching theme, 'Food Safety for Celebration & Holidays,' '' said Donald L. Houston, administrator of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, sponsor of the event.

''Introducing children to food safety concepts is a good first step in consumer education. With so many parents working, more and more youngsters are shopping and cooking for their families,'' Houston said.

First-prize winners and their teachers each win a $200 U.S. Savings Bond. The students and their parents and teachers also receive a trip to Washington, D.C., for the summer awards ceremony. In addition, the winning children's schools receive $350 each for library and audiovisual equipment.

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