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Keep it Safe scrunchie winner
The Keep It Safe scrunchie competition award winner was announced last Friday. Not only was Brenton in year 5 at Echuca West Primary School presented with an iPod Shuffle; each of his classmates also received one.
A total of 1659 entries was received in the online competition that targeted schools identified as being in high bushfire risk areas. Each child designed a scrunchie character and selected important items they want to keep safe from fire. The activity was designed to start a conversation at home about getting prepared for bush or grassfire this summer.
Brenton’s winning scrunchie was called Scotty McDaniels. Brenton would keep his pets, phone, soccer ball, wallet and footy jumper safe.
Brenton’s entry read: “I need my pets. My phone to contact my loved ones and let them know I’m okay. My soccer ball to practise. My wallet to save up for a new house, and my identity to know who I am. My footy jumper to know my sports hero is giving me courage to keep me going.”
The presentation of the iPods Shuffles was made at the school’s end of year school assembly with many parents in attendance. Community Development Coordinator Dawn Hartog was on hand; Captain Mark Hooper from Echuca Fire Brigade came along with a fire truck and District 20 Operations Manager Stuart Broad urged the kids to talk to their families about the summer season.
“Make sure you talk to your parents about knowing what fire weather district you live in,” said Stuart. “Check the Total Fire Ban and Fire Danger Rating for your district every day over summer. Do you know where your nearest Fire Danger Rating sign is? Talk to you parents about your plans for summer so you all know what to do on a hot day.”
Developed by CFA primary educators with support from the Department of Education and Early Childhood development, the Keep It Safe website aligns with existing fire safety programs and messages.
While children in bushfire risk areas are the website's target audience, teachers are encouraged to exercise discretion when showing the website to bushfire-affected children.