Maine CDC Press Release

August 5, 2016

Winners of Lyme Disease Awareness Poster Contest Announced

During Lyme Disease Awareness Month, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention held many events to raise awareness of the disease and increase knowledge about prevention. One of the highlights is the annual poster design contest for students in grades kindergarten through eight.

AUGUSTA – During Lyme Disease Awareness Month, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention held many events to raise awareness of the disease and increase knowledge about prevention. One of the highlights is the annual poster design contest for students in grades kindergarten through eight.

This year’s theme was Tick Watch, with an emphasis on the awareness of ticks and prevention of tick bites. Students were asked to illustrate at least one of the prevention methods from the ‘No Ticks 4 ME’ educational campaign:

Using EPA-approved repellant Wearing protective clothing Performing daily tick checks Using caution in tick infested area

Maine CDC received many great submissions for the 2016 contest, and one poster winner was selected from each of the three participating age groups: K-3; 4-5; 6-8. They are:

Reid Robishaw, Kindergarten, Gilford Butler School

Elizabeth Grondin, Grade 4, Jay Elementary School

Vanessa Luce, Grade 6, Warren Community School

The winning posters are viewable at www.maine.gov/lyme. Each winner received a Maine State Parks family day pass, a certificate and tick removal kits for their entire classroom.

“It’s great to see the artistic talents of children and their growing awareness of how to protect themselves and their families from Lyme disease,’’ said Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew. “We appreciate the many posters that were received and the hard work of all of the students.”

In addition to the contest, the Maine CDC raised awareness of Lyme disease by hosting informational tables, providing information on ticks and diseases for newsletters, posting new videos and launching a new adult program, ‘Tick-Free ME.’ Earlier in the year, a webinar on tick-borne illness and prevention was made available on Maine CDC’s YouTube channel.

For more information on Lyme disease, or to view the 2016 winning posters, please go to: www.maine.gov/lyme

Mane Lyme disease data include town level data are available at www.maine.gov/lyme using the left hand navigation menu to select “Maine Tracking Network: Lyme disease”

Check out our videos on Maine CDC’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/MainePublicHealth

If you are an educator please check out our curriculum: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/school-curriculum/index.shtml