K-8 Be Tick Smart Poster Contest

Friday, January 20, 2017 by Katie

May is Lyme Disease Awareness month in Maine, and Maine CDC is planning events throughout the month to raise awareness of the disease and increase knowledge about prevention. This year will be our 8th annual state wide poster contest in schools for students K-8. Children at this age have high rates of Lyme disease, which is why increasing their knowledge of prevention is important. The topic of this year’s contest is “Be Tick Smart” to emphasize awareness prevention of ticks. Posters should be creative, colorful, and express the importance of being informed about ticks and mindful of good prevention habits. This year we will also accept graphic designs and photography entries. Along with this theme, students should try to illustrate at least one specific preventative method on the poster, such as:  use an EPA approved repellant, wear protective clothing, perform daily tick checks, or use caution in tick infested areas.  Poster contest rules are at: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/vector-borne/lyme/month/index.shtml.

Examples of last year’s winning designs and general Lyme disease information are available at: http://www.maine.gov/lyme.

Maine CDC tick curriculum materials can be found under resources for educators at: http://www.maine.gov/lyme. These are available for use by any classroom and include and educator’s guide, PowerPoint presentations, and classroom activities to help educate your class on ticks in Maine.

Maine CDC would appreciate if you support this contest by passing this information and the contest rule sheets to any interested teacher(s) or staff member(s) that might participate. A few suggested areas are: sciences, health, art, or the student’s primary teachers. Entries must be received by the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program by April 28, 2017. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss the contest or curriculum materials in more depth, please contact the Public Health Corps at PHC.DHHS@maine.gov.


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