Volume 4 Number 20
May 18, 2007

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Isabelle takes the cake from Broward Sheriff Fire Marshal’s Bureau Life Safety Educators (L to R) Courtney Palmer, LaToya Carbonell, and Pam Gorman.

FIFTH GRADER ‘TAKES THE CAKE’ IN ARSON AWARENESS WEEK CONTEST  
Isabelle Johnson of Margate, an 11-year-old fifth grader at Ft. Lauderdale Christian School, received an award for her first place essay from Florida Division of State Fire Marshal Lt. Joe Schwartz, second from left, and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Asst. Chief Greg Holness, far right. Also in attendance was Ft. Lauderdale Batt. Chief John San Angelo. Johnson’s teacher, Heather Negen also received a certificate and a cake for the class, topped with a fire truck. The students also got a surprise visit from a fire truck.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several dozen elementary school students from Broward County participated in the Arson Awareness Week 2007 essay writing contest coordinated by the Broward Sheriff Fire Marshal’s Bureau on behalf of the Broward County Juvenile Firesetters Program and the Florida Division of State Fire Marshal.  Fourth and fifth grade students who participated in this year’s essay contest had to write a persuasive letter on the topic of arson awareness and prevention.  Winners were chosen based on accuracy of information, focus on topic, relevant supporting ideas and creativity.  

Second and third place winners, respectively, were Michelle Hopkins and Kyla Hessler from Central Charter School in Lauderdale Lakes. They also received their awards on May 15th. On Friday, May 18th , a participation award will be presented to Ft. Lauderdale Prep School in Lauderdale Lakes.  This event was sponsored by the Florida Advisory Committee on arson Prevention.  

Photo by Mike Jachles/Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue