The Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety (WAFS) is proud to award Eduardo Hernandez, a fifth grade student at Sheridan Elementary School, Grand Prize in the WAFS’ annual fire and burn prevention poster contest. The award was presented by Kathy Meulemans, Executive Director of WAFS at a school assembly. She was joined by Sheboygan Fire Chief Jeffrey Hermann in recognizing Eduardo for his accomplishment. The Sheboygan Fire Department has placed a great emphasis on teaching fire prevention and fire safety to the general public and specifically grade school aged children. The Department has developed a very comprehensive program that begins with kindergarten children and concludes in the fourth grade.
Eduardo’s fifth grade teacher, Mary Jo Opgenorth, encouraged students to enter the poster contest. She offered to provide the materials and mail in the entries, if students completed the artwork in their own free time.
“I am extremely proud and gratified that Eduardo and his teacher took it upon themselves to continue their interest in fire safety past the fourth grade to complete this project. It is my hope that the lessons we teach our children will carry with them their entire lives keeping them and their families safe, “ said Chief Hermann.
The contest received over 500 entries from 4th through 7th grade students throughout the state of Wisconsin. Eduardo was awarded a $100 Kohl’s gift certificate along with his framed artwork from the WAFS. As an added bonus, Eduardo, his brother, and two friends were picked up at home and driven to school in a fire truck on Friday.
Pictured (from left): Kathy Meulemans, Executive Director of WAFS, Fire
Chief Jeffrey Hermann, Eduardo’s mother Erica Rosas, Mary Jo Opgenorth.
Front Row, Eduardo Hernandez holding his award-winning poster.