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2020 Poison Prevention Week Poster Contest

National Poison Prevention Week is March 15-21, 2020 and each year the Missouri Poison Center hosts a poster contest for students to draw, paint, and color their messages about poison safety.  Poster entries must be received by Friday, February 14, 2020.

The contest is open to all K through 4th graders in St. Louis City and County schools. 

All posters from each school may be sent together. Posters may be mailed or hand-delivered during business hours to:

Missouri Poison Center
7980 Clayton Road, Suite 200
St. Louis, MO 63117

Student’s name, grade level, and school must be printed or labeled on the back of each poster (please make sure the names are legible and the ink does not bleed through the poster).

The theme is poison prevention/safety. Ideas may include: Know the Poison Help number 1-800-222-1222 / Children Act Fast, So Do Poisons / Lock up Poisons / Safe Dosage and Safe Storage of Medicine.

Ideas for creativity

  • A student loves her grandma and grandpa and draws a poster of two old people wearing their glasses and reading the labels on their medicine bottles.

  • A student likes puppies and draws a poster about a dog fetching a lock for the medicine cabinet.

  • A student likes genies and draws a poster about making a wish that everybody stays safe from poisons.

Stimulate their young minds and they will come up with all sorts of great ideas.

Entries can illustrate a message that poisonings can happen to people of any age including babies, children, adults and grandparents.

One artist per poster please!

Entries should be no larger than 11” X 17”. Remember to use big letters and keep drawings simple. Any art medium may be used. A tip is to use bright, bold, and contrasting colors.

ALL entries will receive a gift.

One poster will be selected as the overall Grand Prize Winner. Five posters (one winner from each grade level) will be selected as 1st Place Winners.

Winners will be announced on Friday, February 28th (the winner’s teacher will be contacted).

The winners will be invited to an Awards Ceremony at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

The winning posters will be displayed at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital during Poison Prevention Week (March 15-21, 2020).

If you have questions, or would like one of our educators to visit your classroom and add a bit of inspiration, please call the Missouri Poison Center education office at 314-612-5719.Take a look at some of our previous winners!









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