Smokey Bear received a rock star welcome at Oakridge Elementary School in Moore where he and Oklahoma Forestry Services recognized the winner of Smokey Bear’s Birthday Card Contest, Katelyn Brown, on October 10. The contest, which attracted artistic entries from third and fourth graders throughout the state, was part of Oklahoma Forestry Services’ celebration of Smokey Bear’s 70th birthday and coincided with National Fire Prevention Week.
“This is such a fun way to get kids involved in learning about wildfire prevention,” said Jeri` Irby, Oklahoma Forestry Services Education Coordinator. “We appreciate all of the kids who submitted birthday cards for Smokey Bear. It was such a difficult decision to choose the winner.”
Katelyn Brown presented her winning birthday card to Smokey Bear during the celebration, and he presented her with a framed copy of her card and a cake to share with her classmates in Mrs. Angela Kletke’s class. Katelyn also received a stuffed Smokey Bear and a Smokey t-shirt.
Moore Fire Department joined in the Fire Prevention Week festivities by bringing a fire truck and firefighting equipment and presenting a fire prevention program to all of the Oakridge Elementary School third-grade classes.
About Oklahoma Forestry Services
Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, is committed to conserving, enhancing and protecting Oklahoma’s 12.5 million acres of forests and woodlands. Since 1925, Oklahoma Forestry Services has worked with individuals and communities throughout the state to create resilient landscapes, fire-adaptive communities and provide wildfire response. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the division also has regional offices in Broken Bow, Goldsby, Tahlequah and Wilburton. For more information, visit http://www.forestry.ok.gov or call (405) 522-6158.
Posted on Thu, October 16, 2014
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