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Marine Corps Logistics Command recognizes 2013 Holiday Safety Poster contestants

By Tami Routhier | | January 31, 2014


Children of Marine Corps Logistics Command’s Headquarters employees received first and second place certificates for their artistic talents during an awards ceremony, recently.

Maj. Gen. John J. Broadmeadow, commanding general, LOGCOM, presented Certificates of Excellence to Holiday Safety Poster contestants, who showed the importance of safety practices.

The contest, sponsored by the Installations, Environment, and Safety Office is another creative idea of the Voluntary Protection Program team to actively involve employees in identifying, evaluating, preventing and controlling hazards both in the workplace and during off duty activities.

“This is our first year hosting the Holiday Safety Poster contest, which we plan to make an annual event,” Kathy Berry, VPP specialist, said. “We, in IE&S, hope the contest will continue to grow in participation in the years ahead.”

The contest, which opened Oct. 11, 2013, and closed Dec. 13, 2013, was open to all LOGCOM Headquarters’ personnel, who wanted to sponsor children between the ages of 5-8 and 9-12.

Posters were judged on creativity and how well the art work depicted a holiday safety theme. 

This year there were four children recognized in the awards ceremony.  Their safety messages covered important themes such as indoor and outdoor lighting and ladder safety.  The winners were:

Nicholas Christiansen, 8, for “Unplug your Christmas tree if you go to Florida or something or they will burn out! And that would NOT be good!”

Matthew Christiansen, 5, for “Be careful hanging up the (outside) lights!”

Sarah Sanderson, 10, for “Check your light strings for frays and don’t overload sockets! When decorating your tree be as safe as can be.  So Santa can fill your stockings, instead of getting a shocking!”

Jacob Bowser, 7, for “Ladder Safety - Be Safe! Always put ladder on level ground, 3-point contact at all times, never carry tools on ladder, never stand on the top step and one person on the ladder at a time!”

In his closing remarks, Broadmeadow thanked all of the children for their creative artwork depicting holiday safety measures we need to be mindful of. He then left the audience with one final thought, “They (the children) are the real reason we all need to focus on safety.”

Berry encouraged all Marines, civilian-Marines and contractors to sponsor a child during the 2014 contest, which will be open to all children between the ages of 5-12.