What a night of FUN and LEARNING!! On Friday, October 30th, First State's De-Lead Program closed out Lead Poisoning Prevention Week with their De-Lead Essay Contest.
Sixteen finalists, all Delaware youth ages 6-10, were present to see which one would take home the grand prize: $50 cash plus other goodies. Of course, everybody's a winner and each child who participated left with something more valuable than money itself: they left with an EDUCATION so precious and so powerful it could save a life! View more photos on Facebook. In September, the agency launched the Lead Awareness Essay contest in hopes to engage and educate youth about the dangers and prevention of lead poisoning on children. In fact, children under 6 years old (including unborn babies of pregnant women) who live in homes built before 1978 are at greater risk of being exposed to harmful lead-paint hazards which can have serious health and developmental consequences.
First State's De-Lead program took charge in bringing awareness to lead poisoning and sponsored the contest which attracted Delaware youth throughout Sussex and Kent Counties. Essays were submitted and the winning piece, written by Turray Jones of Georgetown, was chosen. All contestants received certificates and prizes for their participation. Families took part in interactive games, activities, and information about the De-Lead program.
First State's goal is to ensure the health and safety of Delaware residents and making the places we live--our homes--safe. The De-Lead Delaware Program is a program administered by First State in Sussex and Kent counties that will reduce or remove lead-based paint from single family homes and rental units. If lead-based paint hazards are found, trained professionals will fix the hazards. When the work is complete, DE-Lead Delaware will test the home to make sure it is lead safe. Fore more information about De-Lead, contact Sharon McPhatter at 302-856-7761 ext. 273.