It gives us great pleasure to recognize these bright, safety-minded young people and to award them new computers
Kansas City, MO (Vocus) July 16, 2009
Community Safety Net (CSN) has awarded a brand new Dell computer to the 2008 winners of its “Mr. Computer” letter writing contest. The annual competition challenges students to express their views on the impact of safety education. CSN produces an award-winning series of safety resources for kids, which are presented by local service organizations in communities across the U.S and Canada.
Emily Cameron, a grade 3 student in Thompson, Manitoba was recognized for her letter discussing the importance of fire safety. Chief Pat MacIssac and the Thompson Fire & Emergency Services delivered the materials studied by Emily and more than 700 of her fellow students during Fire Safety Week last fall.
Fifth grader Caleb Bishop of New Boston, Illinois was selected for the letter he wrote about the impact personal safety education has had on him and his younger brother, Ben. Jim Mizner of Mercer County VFW Post 1571 distributed approximately 260 copies of CSN’s Personal Safety resource to area fifth graders, including Caleb.
“It gives us great pleasure to recognize these bright, safety-minded young people and to award them new computers,” said Corey DesJarlais, National Safety Director for Community Safety Net. “They’ve expressed how important safety education is to them, and shown a willingness to help other kids stay safe, too. That dedication is highly commendable. Emily and Caleb are deserving winners, and I congratulate them both.”
In her winning letter, Emily talked about the fire prevention steps she and her family have recently taken, including the creation and practice of an escape plan, as well as the purchase of a new smoke alarm. She also promised to teach her friends what to do in case of fire. Caleb wrote that the CSN Personal Safety resource he studied enabled him to properly treat a nosebleed, help prevent a bullying situation at school, and teach his younger brother about safety in and out of the home.
In addition to its annual “Mr. Computer Contest”, CSN offers kids a chance to win t-shirts, backpacks, gift cards, and USB sticks. Young people qualify for prizes by taking quizzes on CSN’s interactive DVD safety resources, then entering a code on CSN’s web site. Five winners are selected every month.
“Congratulations to Emily and Caleb, and we look forward to selecting next year’s winners from all the letters coming in from across North America,” said Mr. DesJarlais.