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While Kids are Cooped Up in Deep Freeze, Comfort Them with Thoughts of Hot $200 Prize

The Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness offers cash prizes to the fourth- and fifth-graders whose posters best convey what to do in a weather emergency.

The winning 2013 poster was designed by Reiden Magdaleno, then a student at McGrath Elementary School in Grand Blanc. (Photo: Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness)
The winning 2013 poster was designed by Reiden Magdaleno, then a student at McGrath Elementary School in Grand Blanc. (Photo: Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness)

Here’s a warm thought for a bitter cold winter day: A poster illustrating what individuals and families should do in severe weather – whether it’s the frigid wind chill indices forecast for next week or a springtime tornado – could be worth $200 for some talented Michigan fourth- or fifth-grader.

Sponsored by the Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness, the annual contest carries a $200 first prize, $100 second prize, $75 third prize and $50 honorable mention prizes.

The contest, offered under a partnership with State Farm Insurance, is open to any Michigan student in fourth or fifth grade.

Last year, the committee received more than 700 entries in the contest, one of several hazard awareness campaigns designed to to inform Michigan residents of the importance of being prepared for severe weather.

The Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness is a previous recipient of the National Weather Associations’ Public Education Award, presented annually to an individual or group providing significant contributions to increase the public’s weather awareness.

About the Contest

Download the rules on Patch, or go here.

The entries must be submitted to the National Weather Service office in White Lake no later than Feb. 15.

Artwork must illustrate what individuals and families should do to prepare for severe weather in Michigan, whether snowstorms, severe cold, tornadoes, thunderstorms, lightning or floods.

Judges are looking for posters with simple, clear messages; easy-to-read lettering; and bright, visible artwork that complements the message.

To see some of the previous winners, go here.

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