Winners Named In National PSA Contest For StudentsNPMA Staff
Monday, March 19, 2012
The National Pest Management Association Awards New Jersey
Middle School $3,000 Toward Science Education
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) announced today
the winners of its third annual Pest PSA Contest, a national science and
technology competition for students. The NPMA, through
children's website, PestWorldForKids.org, awarded Red Bank
Middle School of Red Bank, NJ with a $3,000 grant in support of
science education for the third consecutive year.
The students at
Red Bank Middle School used rap lyrics and green screen
technology to deliver their public service announcements (PSAs). "I
Hate Rats" won top honors in this year's contest. "Every year, Red
Bank Middle School stands out for its high-quality work and the
students do an exceptional job of discussing the important health
risks associated with household pests," said Missy Henriksen, vice
president of public affairs for the NPMA.
Lakewood Christian Schools of Long Beach, CA also received a
$1,000 grant for its PSA, "Flea On Trial."
"The contest encourages children to learn about the fascinating
world of animals and insects while also understanding the
importance of protecting public health, food and property from
pests," Henriksen said. "This contest also allows teachers to make
learning a fun and interactive experience inside the
Teachers and students in grades four through eight were
challenged to create educational television PSAs highlighting the health and
property risks posed by common household pests such as rodents,
ants, cockroaches and stinging insects. Entries were judged on
originality, creativity, health messaging and overall appeal.
PestWorldForKids.org is developed for teachers and students in
grades K through 8 and features a pest glossary, pest guide,
downloadable factsheets, report writing center, science fair
projects, lesson plans and games. It's 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
To watch the award-winning PSAs, browse teacher lesson plans or
learn more about a certain pest species, visit PestWorldForKids.org.