During Lyme Disease Awareness Month, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention held many events to raise awareness of the disease and increase knowledge about prevention. One of these was the annual poster design contest for students in kindergarten through grade eight.

This year’s theme was Tick Watch, with an emphasis on the awareness of ticks and prevention of tick bites. Students were asked to illustrate at least one of the prevention methods from the ‘No Ticks 4 ME’ educational campaign: using EPA-approved repellan, wearing protective clothing, performing daily tick checks, using caution in tick-infested areas

One poster winner was selected from each of the three participating age groups: K-3; 4-5; 6-8. They are: Reid Robishaw, kindergarten, Gilford Butler School in South Thomaston; Elizabeth Grondin, grade 4, Jay Elementary School; and Vanessa Luce, grade 6, Warren Community School.

The winning posters are viewable at maine.gov/lyme. Each winner received a Maine State Parks family day pass, a certificate and tick removal kits for their entire classroom.

“It’s great to see the artistic talents of children and their growing awareness of how to protect themselves and their families from Lyme disease,’’ said Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew. “We appreciate the many posters that were received and the hard work of all of the students.”