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Wyoming students asked to get creative and enter ‘Radon Poster Contest’

2019 Iowa middle school winning Radon Contest Poster. (American Lung Association)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming students in grades 3-9 are invited to participate in a poster contest to raise awareness about radon gas and radon testing.

“Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas found in the soil that can sometimes reach dangerous levels in homes,” the Wyoming Department of Health said in their Wednesday, Oct. 30 announcement. “The U.S. Surgeon General lists radon exposure as the second leading cause of lung cancer in the nation.”

Star Jones is the outreach and education supervisor for the health department’s Wyoming Cancer Program.

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“The only way to detect the amount of radon present in a home or other building is to test,” Jones said. “We know there is a lot of creativity out there among Wyoming youth. We want them to use their ideas and skills to help tell the story of radon and its risks.”

The contest will select winners from among grade 3-6 and grade 7-9 groups.

“The top two winners from each group will receive gift certificates: $200 for first place; $100 for second,” the health department says. “Winning posters will be used in local advertisements. Teachers of winning students will each receive $100 toward classroom supplies.”

There are five topics students can choose from to guide their poster creations:

  1. What is radon?
  2. Where does radon come from?
  3. How does radon get into our homes?
  4. Radon can cause lung cancer.
  5. Test your home for radon.

The deadline to enter is Dec. 20.

“More contest information, important artwork details and the required Artwork Submission Form is available at www.wyomingradon.org,” the announcement adds.

“Please mail submissions to Radon Poster Contest, Attn: Aaron Foxen, Wyoming Cancer Program, 6101 Yellowstone Road, Suite 510, Cheyenne, WY 82002.”