June 3 2015

MSMS Student's Artwork Takes Second in State Fire Awareness Competition

By: Rich Hosford

A Marshall Simonds Middle School student’s artwork received a podium placement at a statewide contest meant to educate people about the dangers of fire. 

“Congratulations to MSMS 8th grade art student Gati Aher who received second place in this year’s State Arson Watch poster contest,” a blog post by art teacher Laura Phillips states. “Gati took first place in the Middlesex County competition, winning $200 and a plaque. Her second place in the State competition earned her an additional $500 and a trophy.”

Gati’s artwork will be featured in the 2016 Arson Watch calendar.

The contest was open to students in public, private and parochial schools in grades 6 to 8. 

The Arson Watch Reward Program, which runs the poster contest, says on its website that nearly 1,000 people die in arson fires each year, thousands are injured and over a billion dollars in property damage is lost. 

It says the purpose of the poster contest is to make students and their families aware that preventing fires requires everyone to be alert every day to all acts, omissions and dangers that cause fires.

The Arson Watch Reward Program is sponsored by Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriting Association on behalf of the Property and Causality Insurance Companies of Massachusetts. 



Gati Aher's Second Place Poster

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