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Ky. Department for Public Health accepting student entries for 2021-2022 radon poster and video contest

By Audrie Lamb
Kentucky Teacher

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is inviting students to participate in the 2012-2022 radon poster and video contest. The contest is designed to teach students about radon and how to reduce their risk of exposure, while also helping educate community members.

Radon is an odorless, radioactive gas that gets into the air through cracks and openings in the foundation of homes and building. The second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, testing for radon is the only way to know if a house is safe.

Children aged 9-14 are eligible to participate in the poster contest. The theme of the poster contest is radon awareness, radon risk education and hazards associated with radon. The deadline to enter is Nov. 1. The student with the winning poster will receive a $500 Visa gift card. Second- and third-place winners will receive $200 and $100 Visa gift cards.

Youth ages 14-18 are eligible to participate in the video contest. Individuals must create a 30-second public service announcement/commercial style video on any of the required topics that encourage residents to test their homes for radon.

The deadline to submit videos is Dec. 1. The student with the winning video will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Second- and third-place winners will receive $1,000 and $500 scholarships.

More details about requirements for each of the contests and the entry forms are available on the DPH website.

For more information, email Amber Ballinger at the DPH.

This article originally appeared at Kentucky Teacher, a publication of the Kentucky Department of Education.

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