For Immediate Release
Contact: Kaylyn Kendall Dines
UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School
Six Children To Receive Awards for Poison Prevention Art Work
In observance of National Poison Prevention Week
from March 16 to March 22
Six elementary school children who are winners of a coloring
and poster contest sponsored by the New Jersey Poison Information
and Education System (NJPIES) will be recognized during an awards
ceremony on Monday, March 10, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the
State House Annex, Rooms 101 and 103, in Trenton.
The awards ceremony coincides with the observance of National
Poison Prevention Week, March 16 to March 22. Called "Children
Act Fast! So Do Poisons," its purpose was to educate first and
fourth graders about the hazards associated with poisons.
In addition to the poster contest, NJPIES is releasing a new
30-second radio public service announcement featuring Dina Matos
McGreevey, First Lady of New Jersey, talking about what to do
in a poison emergency.
NJPIES, which operates New Jersey's only Poison Control Center,
has a 24-hour seven-day a week hotline staffed by physicians,
nurses and pharmacists who are poison information specialists.
The telephone number is 1-800-222-1222.
Coloring Contest Winners (1st Graders):
1st Place: Ashley Rivera, of Jersey City, Public
2nd Place: Tyler Hall, National Park, National Park
3rd Place: Hannah Leskow, of Toms River, Silver Bay
Poster Contest Winners (4th Graders):
1st Place: Athanasia Karagiannis, Elmwood Park,
16th Avenue School
2nd Place: Erica Sampson, of Irvington, Madison Avenue
3rd Place: Joan Marie Massaro, of River Edge, Roosevelt