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Fifth Grade Students Invited To Enter Cuivre River Safety Poster Contest


Cuivre River Electric Cooperative (CREC) invites the fifth grade students of Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties to participate in the Cooperative's tenth annual safety poster contest. The theme for this year’s contest is “Outdoor Electrical Safety”.


The contest will offer awards for both fifth grade students and their teachers. The first place winner will receive a $100 gift card, second place a $75 gift card, and third place a $50 gift card. Each fifth grade teacher who submits 10 or more entries will receive a $25 classroom grant from Cuivre River Electric Cooperative.


"Education, training and information is one of the core cooperative principles. We're pleased to provide electrical safety education programs to our local elementary schools and look forward to receiving this year’s safety poster entries,” said Lonnie Tucker, Cuivre River Electric’s Communication Specialist. “Cuivre River Electric has received more than 4,000 safety posters since the contest began in 2004.”


Contest Rules



“Outdoor Electrical Safety”. All entries must identify the theme “Outdoor Electrical Safety” in their poster design. Students have a variety of outdoor electrical safety issues they can recognize and depict in their poster with safety tips to keep their families, friends and neighbors safe.


Size & Orientation

Maximum size allowed is 20” height x 24” width. Poster orientation should be landscape.



Poster material can be construction paper, drawing paper or poster board.



Students may use crayons, markers, paint, pencils or pens in the design and construction of their safety posters. No computer generation is allowed. All components of the poster must be created by hand. This includes all drawing and text characters.


Student & School Identification

All entries must include student and parent’s name, home address, telephone number, school, school telephone number and teacher’s name on the back. This information is confidential and will only be used to contact the contest winners (first place, second place, third place, honorable mention award winners and fifth grade teachers) to arrange the delivery of the contest awards.



Friday, April 25, 2014. Posters must be received at a Cuivre River Electric office by 4:30 p.m. Have safety posters and can’t make it in to our office? Contact Lonnie Tucker at 800-392-3709 ext. 230 and schedule a safety poster pick-up during the week of April 21-April 25.


The Cuivre River Electric safety poster contest is a part of a continuing education program designed to inform students about electricity and electrical safety. "We're grateful for the support of the teachers who provide their students with this electrical safety information and invite us to speak in their classrooms," said Keith Mueller, Central Electric Power’s Educational Specialist.


The contest reinforces electric safety messages that were presented to them the previous year as fourth graders. “Outdoor Electrical Safety” was selected to enhance the student’s awareness of potential electrical hazards they might encounter around their home, in their neighborhood, at their school or local community park. Children should stay away from electric facilities such as substations, transmission towers, transformers and power lines. Never climb on utility poles and check their surroundings for overhead power lines before flying a kite or climbing a tree.


Cuivre River Electric is dedicated to the education and safety of children.


Only fifth graders, and their teachers, in the Cuivre River Electric service area are eligible to participate in the contest. Entries will become the property of CREC and will not be returned. The deadline for participation is Friday, April 25. Safety poster contest rules and electrical safety tips are available online at or contact Lonnie Tucker at 800-392-3709 ext. 230.


Cuivre River Electric Cooperative, founded in 1941, provides electricity to more than 60,000 homes and businesses in Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties. For more information on Cuivre River Electric Cooperative visit or call 800-392-3709.