The theme was “Have Two Ways Out” and children in the San Ramon Valley used their imagination and their art tools to create colorful fire safety messages in honor of Fire Prevention Month. The student drawings were entries in a coloring/drawing contest sponsored by the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. The grand prize for one lucky artist in each grade (K‐5th) was a Ride to School in a Fire Truck.
“This is one of our favorite events”, said Battalion Chief Michael Picard. “The contest is a wonderful way to reinforce important fire safety messages with the students and provide a once in a lifetime experience.”
This is the fourth year the Fire District and the School District have sponsored the October contest. More than 500 entries were received and on Monday, October 29, a panel of judges selected a winner from each grade level. Students will receive their rides in November and December.
“It was very difficult to choose the winners,” said Denise Pangelinan, Communications Manager. “There were so many exceptional drawings and all with very important fire safety messages – it was great to see how “fire smart” the students are in our valley.”
The Kindergarten Winner is Logan Kellogg from Golden View Elementary; the first grade winner is Numa Patel from Neil Armstrong Elementary; the second grade prize went to Sahil Dhaktode from Quail Run Elementary; Gabriela Sovero is the 3rd grade standout from Sycamore Valley Elementary; the 4th grade winner is Phedora Layanto from Montevideo Elementary and the 5th grader riding to school in a Fire Truck is Chinmayi Mutyala also from Montevideo! Congratulations to all! See all the winning drawings at www.firedepartment.org.
The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District is an internationally-accredited special district that provides all-risk fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the communities of Alamo, Blackhawk, the Town of Danville, Diablo, the City of San Ramon, the southern area of Morgan Territory and the Tassajara Valley, in Northern California (Contra Costa County). The District’s service area encompasses approximately 155 square miles and serves a population of 170,000.