Georgia Students Show Off Preparedness Knowledge and Creativity
Ready Georgia announces winners of inaugural Winter Weather Jingle Contest
(ATLANTA) – You know Dasher, and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen… but do you know how to prepare for winter weather? Georgia students who participated in Ready Georgia’s Winter Weather Jingle Contest certainly do, and they proved it with their creative video entries.
For the first time, Ready Georgia – the emergency preparedness campaign from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA) – asked students in third through fifth grades from across the state to share their knowledge of winter weather preparedness by creating a two-minute preparedness-themed jingle for the holidays. Entries ranged from entirely original and classic-themed jingles, to interactive and animated performances from teachers and students.
“We are always impressed to see how Georgia students incorporate information they’ve learned about winter weather preparedness,” said Charley English, director of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security. “Fun activities like this video jingle contest help students internalize important information about readiness, and we hope that they will carry the preparedness message home to their parents too. Winter weather can become dangerous quickly, and it’s important to prepare before snow and ice is in the forecast.”
A panel of judges reviewed the videos and selected Mashburn Elementary’s entry as the winner. Students from this Forsyth County school performed a tune named, “Plan, Be Prepared and Stay Informed,” to the music of “Walking in a Winter Wonderland.”
A full list of finalists can be found below:
Mashburn Elementary (Forsyth County) Teacher: Karen Jones
Kelly Mill Elementary (Forsyth County) Teacher: Rose Bulau
Wauka MountainAcademy (Hall County) Teacher: Rebecca Brown
Tadmore Elementary (Hall County) Teacher: Joan Armour
West Manor Elementary (Atlanta Public Schools) Teacher: Dietrice Bennett
L.K. Moss Elementary (Marion County) Teacher: Summer Goodroe
The video contest is one of many initiatives organized by Ready Georgia to promote Winter Weather Preparedness Week in December and motivate people to prepare their homes, workplaces, schools and communities for cold weather-related emergencies. The Winter Weather Jingle Contest judges included C.J. Worden and Lisa Janak Newman of GEMA and Joanne Feldman, WAGA-FOX 5 meteorologist.
Families can visit ready.ga.gov for more information about emergency preparedness in Georgia or tips on creative ways to involve kids in readiness efforts. For preparedness on the go, families can also download Ready Georgia’s free mobile app.
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About Ready Georgia
Ready Georgia is a statewide campaign designed to educate and empower Georgians to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, pandemic outbreaks, potential terrorist attacks and other large-scale emergencies. The campaign is a project of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and provides a local dimension to Ready America, a broader national campaign. Ready Georgia aims to prepare citizens for maintaining self-sufficiency for at least 72 hours following an emergency, and uses an interactive Web site, online community toolkit, broadcast and print advertising and public awareness media messaging to reach its audiences. Ready Georgia is also on Facebook and YouTube.