Maine CDC Press Release

July 1, 2010

Lyme Disease Awareness Poster Contest Winners Announced

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John Martins, Director
Employee and Public Communications (207) 287-5012

AUGUSTA – Last month, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the Maine Department of Health and Human Services held its first poster contest during Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

Students in Maine’s grade schools were encouraged to share their artistic talents by creating posters with the theme “No Ticks for ME.” Posters were required to represent at least one of four ways to prevent Lyme disease:

  1. Wear protective clothing
  2. Use insect repellent
  3. Do a daily tick check
  4. Using caution in tick infested areas.

The winners who were recognized at their schools are:

Sage Drinkwater from Steep Falls Elementary School, Standish (K-1 grades)
Ian Reilly from H.B. Emery Jr. Memorial School, Limington (2-3 grades)
Aja Austin from George E. Jack Elementary School, Steep Falls (4-5 grades)
Katie Bernier from Waterville Junior High School, Waterville (6-8 grades)

“These posters are great” said Dr Stephen Sears, State Epidemiologist. “Not only are they creative but they show that the students understand how Lyme disease is transmitted, and they emphasize the theme ‘NoTicks for ME (Maine).’”

All K-8 students were invited to participate and more than 50 posters were received from across the state. Schools were asked to hold local contests and send the top three posters per grade level into the state competition. All posters were displayed in the Maine CDC offices at 286 Water Street in Augusta and votes cast by Maine CDC employees determined the winners.

Winners received a Maine State Parks family pass, as well as tick removal kits for their entire classroom.

Based on the success of the inaugural event, Maine CDC plans to hold the contest again next year.

For more information on Lyme disease, or to view the winning posters, go to: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/boh/ddc/epi/vector-borne/lyme/index.shtml