National Pest Management Association Challenges Students to Create Educational and Innovative Public Service Announcements For National ContestNPMA Staff
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
PestWorldForKids.org, an educational
children's website developed by the National Pest Management
Association (NPMA), will hold its third annual national competition
for students (grades 4 through 8) to win a $3,000 grand prize to
benefit one school's science program. The contest challenges
entrants to create educational public service announcements (PSAs)
that highlight the health and property risks posed by household
pests such as rodents, cockroaches, bed bugs and stinging
Using the Pest PSA lesson plan
available on PestWorldForKids.org, teachers can assign students the
task of creating 30- or 60-second television PSAs. The contest
begins September 6, 2011 and will officially close at 11:59 p.m.
EST on December 23, 2011. Entries must be submitted by teachers
through the entries page on PestWorldForKids.org or sent via U.S.
postal mail to the address
listed in the official rules
"We acknowledge that school budgets are shrinking each
year," says Missy
Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. "The annual Pest PSA Contest allows
students to have fun in the classroom while providing a grand prize
award that will be a significant boost to any science
Five finalists will win
"bragging rights" as top performing schools in the Pest PSA Contest
and will have their entries publicly posted to PestWorldForKids.org. One school will be
recognized as the grand prize winner and will receive a $3,000
award for their school's science department.
Last year's winner was Red Bank
Middle School in Red Bank N.J., which won the grand prize for their
entry titled "Mosquitoes Bite." However, entries were exceptionally
strong, so the organization also awarded a $1,000 cash prize to the
runner up, Lakewood Christian
Schools in Long Beach, CA.
PestWorldForKids.org is a free,
educational website developed for teachers and students in grades K
through 8. The site features a pest glossary, pest guide,
downloadable factsheets, report writing center, science fair
projects, lesson plans and games designed to teach children about
insects and rodents in their natural habitats, and the health and
property risks posed by pests once they find their way into the
For contest rules, details and
to view last year's winning entries, please visit www.PestWorldForKids.org.
The NPMA, a non-profit
organization with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933
to support the pest management industry's commitment to the
protection of public health, food and property.