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Warrington Township sponsors fireworks educational contest

Submissions are due by Feb. 1

The Warrington Township Fireworks Ad Hoc Committee is holding a contest for the creation of educational flyers by Warrington Township residents and students who attend schools in the township. The goal is to educate residents about the significant damage fireworks can cause to families, property, animals, the environment and quality of life. The contest is being launched in conjunction with the township’s new ordinance that limits the use of fireworks. Submissions should be informative and creative, with the understanding that they will be posted to the township website and social media pages.

The flyer can incorporate one or more of the following topics:

– Fireworks can negatively impact people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, such as veterans and victims of abuse
– Fireworks can negatively impact people with special needs, sensory issues or other disabilities
– Fireworks can be overwhelming and disruptive for elderly residents, young children and infants
– Many pets and wildlife have overwhelming anxiety from the loud explosions and flashing lights that come from fireworks
– Fireworks can extensive air, water and ground pollution, propelling metal particles and dangerous toxins into the environment

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

– 6th grade and under: 1st place is $100, two runner ups is $50 each
– 7th to 12th grade: 1st place is $100, two runner ups is $50 each
– Adults: 1st place is $100, two runner ups is $50 each

Flyers will be evaluated based upon four categories – overall impression, visuals, strength of message and creativity. Submissions must fit an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper and be in one of the following formats – JPEG, Microsoft Word document or PDF file.

Submissions must be sent via email to assistant township manager Christian Jones at cjones@warringtontownship.org or delivered to the Township Building no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 1. In order to be considered, all entries must include the artist’s name, address and age level (6th grade and under, 7th to 12th grade or adult) of the entrant. If you have a physical submission and need assistance with technology, contact Jones. Click here for more information.

“The Warrington Fireworks Contest provides an opportunity for residents and students to craft a public service announcement that can inform the community about this new ordinance,” said Ruth L. Schemm, Warrington Township board of supervisors vice chair. “The hope is that this will generate new ways for residents to think about fireworks, as well as provide public recognition for the artists.”

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