The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention/Maine DHHS recently held its second annual student poster contest in conjunction with Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

The No Time 4 Lyme theme posters had to represent at least one of four ways to prevent Lyme disease: wear protective clothing; use insect repellent; perform a daily tick check; and use caution in tick-infested areas.

Schools were asked to hold local contests and send the top three posters per grade level into the state competition. These posters were displayed in the Maine Center for Disease Control offices at 286 Water St. and they were voted on by Maine CDC employees.

“These posters are wonderful” said Dr. Stephen Sears, State Epidemiologist. “Not only are they colorful, creative and fun, but they show that the students understand how Lyme disease can be prevented. There really is no time for Lyme.”

All K-8 schools were invited to participate and Maine CDC received more than 50 posters from 10 different schools. Among the four winners was Jacob Carroll of Gilford Butler School in South Thomaston, whose poster was chosen for the grades K and 1 category; and Casey Pine of Owls Head Central School, whose poster was chosen for grades 4 and 5.

Winners received a Maine State Parks Family pass, as well as tick removal kits for their entire classroom. For more information on Lyme disease or to view the winning posters, visit maine.gov/dhhs/boh/ddc/epi/vector-borne/lyme/index.shtml.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.