As part of The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board’s (OERB) annual "Well Site Safety Day," 21 students in grades K-6 had the opportunity to share original artwork, illustrating the dangers of playing around well sites, with their state legislators.
The students are winners of the OERB’s Well Site Safety Coloring Contest (K-2nd grade) and Well Site Safety Poster Contest (3-6th grade). The student winners were chosen from a total of 3,255 entries.
Local student Caroline Perrier from Pawhuska Indian Camp won 2nd Place.
The coloring and poster contests were meant to highlight the messages of the OERB’s "Well Sites are DUH-DUH-Dangerous" campaign, which educates young students about the dangers of playing at well sites.
"Well sites can be very dangerous for children, and our goal is to prevent Oklahoma kids from being hurt by playing on or near one," said Mindy Stitt, executive director of the OERB. "The art contests helped us get our messages out by allowing students to be creative, which really drives the lesson home for them."
Well Site Safety Day was held at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Tuesday, April 23, and the award ceremony took place in the Blue Room at 10 a.m. At the ceremony, student winners were given the chance to meet their legislators, show their winning work and learn more about well site safety.
Afterwards, all attendees were invited to Legacy Hall in the OERB Building at 500 NE 4th St., Suite 100, for lunch and games.