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Georgia Fifth Graders Demonstrate Creativity and Preparedness Knowledge

Ready Georgia announces winners of its third annual National Preparedness Month kids contest

(ATLANTA) – For the third year in a row, hundreds of fifth-grade students across the state showcased their creativity and knowledge of emergency preparedness by submitting entries for Ready Georgia’s art, essay and video contest during September, National Preparedness Month. Ready Georgia, the emergency preparedness campaign from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA), asked students to submit entries that reflected the contest theme – “Remember the Past, Get Ready for the Future” -- in observance of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Students took on the challenge of creatively illustrating or describing how remembering the past can help us prepare for the future. In addition, they explained the importance of learning about emergency preparedness and provided ways that their peers can help teach others how to get ready at home and school. Entries included personal and fiction stories, collages, pop-up and figurative art, and videos written and produced by the fifth graders.

Winners hail from across Georgia:

Essay Winners

First Place (tie): Tamara Head, Auburn Elementary School, Auburn

First Place (tie): Finness Owens, Kimberly Elementary School, Atlanta

Second Place: Savannah Stanley, Fairmount Elementary School, Fairmount

Art Winners

First Place: Adnel Dumont, Pine Ridge Elementary School, Stone Mountain

Second Place: Emoni Sanders, Gadsen Elementary School, Savannah

Third Place: Jordan Shealey, Parkwood Elementary School, Warner-Robbins

Video Winners

First Place: Ms. Cherie Hathcock’s 5th grade class, Flowery Branch Elementary School, Flowery Branch

Second Place: Sarah Grace Fanczi, Dacula

Honorable Mention: Jackson Phillips, Sherman Fuller, Blake Hatch, Maeleah Sheed and Jackayla McBroom; Hannan Academy, Columbus

“Each year we are increasingly amazed at how knowledgeable Georgia’s students are about preparing for emergencies and their skill at translating what they know into art form,” said GEMA spokesperson Lisa Janak “Not only did the students capture the essential steps to get ready for the unexpected, but they also displayed creative, quality work. We thought every submission was a remarkable piece, which made it a challenge to select winners.”

This year’s judges include GEMA officials and Pam Duncan of Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta.

First, second and third place winners in each category will be awarded prize packages from Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, CNN, Chick-fil-A (Chamblee Plaza), Chick-fil-A (Peachtree at Collier), Papa Johns and Ready Georgia corporate sponsor, The Home Depot. All winning entries will be featured on the Ready Georgia website, Flickr, Facebook and YouTube pages.

Families interested in learning more about emergency preparedness in Georgia can visit ready.ga.gov or visit our official Get Ready blog site that provides tips on creative ways to involve kids in getting prepared. For more information about the contest or to play fun preparedness games and learn what Rex, the ReadyKids mascot, has to say about being ready, visit ready.ga.gov/Get-Involved/ReadyKids.

For preparedness on the go, families can also download Ready Georgia’s free, new mobile app to learn how to prepare for emergencies, create family communications plans and more.

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About Ready Georgia
Ready Georgia is a statewide campaign designed to educate and empower Georgians to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, pandemic outbreaks, potential terrorist attacks and other large-scale emergencies. The campaign is a project of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and provides a local dimension to Ready America, a broader national campaign. Ready Georgia aims to prepare citizens for maintaining self-sufficiency for at least 72 hours following an emergency, and uses an interactive Web site, online community toolkit, broadcast and print advertising and public awareness media messaging to reach its audiences. Ready Georgia is also on Facebook and YouTube.


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