Safety first! Then you get your iPod.

What’s a good way to get kids thinking about safety?

Have them draw a poster illustrating safe practices.

What’s a good way to get kids motivated to take on the project?

Tell them the winner receives an iPod nano!

Great prizes to draw a safety poster!

Great prizes to draw a safety poster!

Basin Electric sponsored a safety poster contest at Rawhide Elementary School near Gillette, Wyo., in which students from pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade were encouraged to draw a poster about safety.

Rawhide Elementary School is adjacent to the Prospector Village RV Park, where many construction workers and their families are living while constructing the Dry Fork Station.

Pencils (and ice cream!) for everyone at Rawhide Elementary

Pencils (and ice cream!) for everyone at Rawhide Elementary

“So many of the kids who go to Rawhide Elementary have parents who are working on the Dry Fork Station project; there are at least three or four in each class,” Shauna Laber, community representative for impact alleviation and housing, said. “Even though we didn’t say we wanted posters having to do with power plant or construction safety, that’s what several of the students did. It was great.”

Julie Manville-Bell, construction safety coordinator at Dry Fork Station, said once the students turned in their posters, the posters were hung up on the construction site. Workers voted for their favorites, and the top three from each grade were chosen.

“As a team, Julie, some of the management staff from Dry Fork, and I went to school one day to hand out the prizes,” Laber said. “We had the winners explain their poster to the class, why that safety theme is important. We explained to each class why Dry Fork Station is being built. Everybody got ice cream and pencils.”

4th grade winners (Alix Barbula, Kevin Sisti and Nate Holder) with Julie Manville-Bell

4th grade winners (Alix Barbula, Kevin Sisti and Nate Holder) with Julie Manville-Bell

Conner Stethem and McKenna Grey, Junior Kindergarten winners

Conner Stethem and McKenna Grey, Junior Kindergarten winners

6th grade winners (Colter Bell, Dalton Brening and Josi Barbour) with Doug Ramsey, construction coordinator at Dry Fork Station

6th grade winners (Colter Bell, Dalton Brening and Josi Barbour) with Doug Ramsey, construction coordinator at Dry Fork Station

Tana Larsen, principal at Rawhide Elementary, said the poster contest was a good teaching tool for the students. “This was a wonderful activity for our students! They enjoyed making the posters and focusing on safety for all sorts of situations,” Larsen wrote in an e-mail. “Basin Electric is an outstanding community partner with Rawhide Elementary!”

Sign hanging at Rawhide Elementary School

Sign hanging at Rawhide Elementary School

Listen to a story KIML 1270 AM did about this event: Rawhide Elementary School safety poster contest

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