The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announce the winners of the 2014 Lyme Disease Awareness Month contest.

During May, Maine CDC held its fifth annual poster contest in conjunction with Maine schools, grades kindergarten through 8, to highlight student’s artistic talents as well as to encourage learning about Lyme disease prevention strategies. Students were asked to create posters with the theme “Tick Tock,” with emphasis on the prompt recognition and removal of ticks. Posters also represented one or more of the four main ways to prevent Lyme disease using Maine CDC’s No Ticks 4 ME approach:

1. Wear protective clothing

2. Use repellent

3. Perform daily tick checks

4. Use caution in tick infested areas

The contest winners are:

Grace VanBuskirk, grade 3, Owls Head Central School

Katherine Freeman, grade 5, Owls Head Central School

Kailee Cox, grade 6, Home school student

“The posters submitted this year were well-done and eye-catching,’’ said Dr. Sheila Pinette, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in a news release. “This contest showcases the creativity of Maine students and is a unique way to integrate Lyme disease prevention education and art.”

All posters received were displayed in the Maine CDC Offices in Augusta and rated by Maine CDC employees. Each winner received a Maine State Parks Family Day Pass and a certificate of recognition. Tick removal kits were also distributed to the winners and their classmates.

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