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Salish Kootenai Housing Authority Poster Contest Deadline is March 21

By Adriana Fehrs

Layla Pretty On Top, a fourth grader at Pablo Elementary School, won the $1,500 dollar National prize, in the K-3 category, for her poster at the last year’s Salish and Kootenai Housing Authority and Amerind Risk Management Corporation ‘Safety Poster Contest’. (Photo courtesy of Sharon Earthboy, Salish Kootenai Housing Authority)Layla Pretty On Top, a fourth grader at Pablo Elementary School, won the $1,500 dollar National prize, in the K-3 category, for her poster at the last year’s Salish and Kootenai Housing Authority and Amerind Risk Management Corporation ‘Safety Poster Contest’. (Photo courtesy of Sharon Earthboy, Salish Kootenai Housing Authority)

PABLO — Amerind Risk Management Corporation (ARMC) and The Salish Kootenai Housing Authority (SKHA) are promoting their annual ‘Safety Poster Contest’. This year’s theme is safety with an emphasis on fire safety. Children grades kindergarten through eighth, are encouraged to enter their poster into the contest. Each child that enters receives at least a $15 dollar gift card. Contest deadline is March 21, 2014.

ARMC, based out of New Mexico, provides affordable and sustainable insurance products and services for Indian Country in over 400 reservations. It is the only 100 percent Native American owned and operated insurance provider in Indian Country. ARMC says most of losses are due to fire, and their goal is to reduce losses by ten percent by training, planning, and initiating proactive measures. The annual poster contest is a first step towards that goal.

The SKHA has participated in the poster contest since 2006, headed by Sharon Earthboy, the Coordinator for SKHA, and has provided the incentive prizes each year for the local winners. The poster contest starts out at the local level – residents of the Flathead Indian Reservation. One winner is chosen from each category: kindergarten through third grade, fourth through sixth grade, and seventh through eighth grade. First place winners receive a $60 dollar gift card, second place winners receive a $40 dollar gift card, and third place winners receive a $20 dollar gift card. Everyone else that enters into the contest receives a $15 dollar gift card.

Layla Pretty on Top, fourth grader at the Pablo Elementary School, stands next to Sharon Earthboy, Occupancy Coordinator for the Salish and Kootenai Housing Authority, with her winner poster from last year’s ‘Safety Poster Contest’. (Adriana Fehrs photo)Layla Pretty on Top, fourth grader at the Pablo Elementary School, stands next to Sharon Earthboy, Occupancy Coordinator for the Salish and Kootenai Housing Authority, with her winner poster from last year’s ‘Safety Poster Contest’. (Adriana Fehrs photo)

The three first place winners are then forwarded to the Regional Association to be voted on by that region. There are nine regions, with Colorado, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming making up region five. From there, 27 posters are sent to the Nationals where they are judged online, and anyone can vote for the winning poster. The national winner receives a $1,000 cash prize.

Layla Pretty On Top, a fourth grader at Pablo Elementary School, won the kindergarten through third grade category at Nationals last year.

Her mother, Micayla Pretty On Top, was unaware that her daughter had even entered the contest. Layla had drawn the poster while at school in Mrs Benn’s third grade class. SKHA called to let her know that Layla had won first place at the local level, and her $60 dollar gift card was ready to be picked up. Layla says, “I felt happy when I won.” Her poster then went on to regionals, then to nationals to take first place to win the $1,500 dollar prize. Earthboy says, “She is the only kid from this reservation to go on to win at the national level.”

Entry forms and poster guidelines have been passed out to all schools on the Flathead Indian Reservation. To find out more information on the contest contact Sharon Earthboy at (406) 675-4491, ext. 1546.

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