Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly recently honored John F. Kennedy Intermediate School student Emerson Smulian of Deer Park as the Second Place County-wide “Be Pool Smart” poster contest winner. Established in 2007, the competition invites elementary school students to promote the importance of pool safety by creating a poster that illustrates one or more safety tips.
One poster is selected from all of those submitted to be used as part of a countywide message from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services in its seasonal safety campaign. Entries were submitted by students from throughout Legislator Donnelly’s district and Emerson’s colorful and creative design was named District 17 winner. Emerson was awarded a special Suffolk County Proclamation from Legislator Donnelly at the Legislature’s general meeting in June, joined by her parents Ian and Angelene and JFK Intermediate School Principal Susan Bonner.
“The ‘Be Pool Smart’ poster contest is a fun way to engage children in spreading the important message about how a few simple steps and precautions can help us avoid tragedies around swimming pools,” said Legislator Donnelly. “While there were many great entries, Emerson’s stood out, and I thank her for using her talents to help make this a safer summer for everyone.”