Fight the Bite Contest Helps Children Learn About Mosquitoes and Brings Money to Schools

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March 8, 2013

 

FIGHT THE BITE CONTEST HELPS CHILDREN LEARN ABOUT MOSQUITOES AND BRINGS MONEY TO SCHOOLS

 

Elk Grove, Calif. The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District’s annual Fight the Bite Design a Calendar Page Contest for students in grades K-12 is going on now!

 

In an effort to inform the community about mosquitoes andWest Nilevirus prevention, the contest encourages kids to creatively design a calendar page inspiring everyone to practice any or all of the District 7 D’s of Mosquito Prevention.  “Involving the students is key to improving their knowledge about reducing mosquitoes and keeping them safe fromWest Nilevirus,” said David Brown, District Manager.  “The contest provides a fun and creative way for children to learn about an important topic and we encourage all schools to participate” added Brown. Since 2008 when the first contest was held, more than 9,000 entries have been submitted.

 

Since many schools are struggling with budget cuts, aside from prizes for individual contest winners, a cash prize will also be awarded to the school of each winning student. There will be a total of twelve winners. The prize for first place is $200.00 for the student and $400.00 for the school to be used on educational materials! Fliers have been distributed throughout area schools and teachers are encouraged to make the contest a classroom project to get more children to participate. This annual contest is part of the District’s award winning school program which also includes free classroom presentations on a variety of topics.

 

Students will be divided into three grade categories: K-3, 4-6 and 7-12.  Calendar pages will be based on: creativity, originality and the ability to effectively communicate one or more of the District D’s of prevention.  Winners will be determined by a panel of judges and announced during Mosquito Awareness Week in April. The twelve winning entries will be made into a calendar and distributed at District activities.

 

Contest entries are due by 3:00 pm on Thursday, March 28th. Visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net to download an entry form, see complete contest details and view past winners.

 

            Contact: Luz Maria Rodriguez, Public Information Officer

Office:  916.405.2082 |  Cell:  916.416.6337

E-mail:  lrodriguez@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net

 

Practice the District D’s of Mosquito Prevention:

DRAIN standing water that may produce mosquitoes.

DAWN and DUSK are times to avoid being outdoors.

DRESS appropriately be wearing long sleeves and pants when outside.

DEFEND yourself by using an effective insect repellent.  Make sure to follow label directions!

DOOR and window screens should be in good working condition.

DISTRICT personnel are also available to address any mosquito problems. Call them at 1-800-429-1022 or visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net