Two Edgewood Elementary art students, Aubreann O’Keefe and Brynnlee Barbaree, received awards in the 2013 Child Safety Poster Contest sponsored by Arkansas Attorney General, Dustin McDaniel.
Aubreann’s artwork was chosen as the 1st place winner in the first grade division and Brynnlee’s artwork was chosen as honorable mention in the first grade division. Both students received a trophy and a monetary prize at a ceremony at the Attorney General’s office on April 30.
Each student was asked to make a statement about her entry. First place winner, Aubreann stated, “My artwork is about being safe. I want other children to know how to be safe. I want to tell them ‘do not play in the road’. I drew a mom and a daughter holding hands while crossing the road.”
In a statement about her entry, Brynnlee said, “I want other children to know how to be safe. Do not get in the car when a stranger asks. Go to a parent or a neighbor.” In describing the picture that she drew, Brynnlee stated, “My mom was outside watering the garden, and I was outside walking my dog, and someone asked me to get in the car, and I said ‘NO’.
Julie Caple is the art teacher at Edgewood, a Kindergarten-first grade school in the Watson Chapel District.