EDISON, NJ – The Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office recognized 64 Middlesex County grade school students at a June 13th ceremony at the Middlesex County Police Training Center in Edison.  According to a news release, the children contributed artwork that was selected for inclusion in the Sheriff’s calendar and safety activity books. Over 200 students, parents, educators and family members attended.

In February 2017, Sheriff Mildred Scott invited all Middlesex County grade school students to submit artwork for three Sheriff’s Office publications: Bicycle Safety, Personal Safety and the new 2017-2018 Calendar. The books are intended to provide safety tips to children on riding safely, traffic safety, stranger awareness, home security, injury prevention and other topics, as well as fun learning activities.

The Sheriff’s Office received more than 900 entries and selected 64 to be included in the books. The artwork and the safety tips in the books are 100% student’s work. There is also information that is written by safety experts. Five children received special recognition for their selection as Cover Art Winners, Inside Cover Art Winners and a winner for the most original drawing for each book. All other children received Honorable Mention awards for being in the book(s).

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“I was so impressed with the quality and number of entries we received,” stated Sheriff Scott. “It is reassuring to know that our children are thinking about their own personal safety and the safety of others. They expressed their thoughts beautifully in words and pictures. I was also very impressed by the turnout at the event, especially by the educators who gave up their own time to support their students.”

The cover winner award for the Bicycle Safety book was presented to Irene Liu (Campbell School, Metuchen), and the Personal Safety cover award was presented to Stefania Leonardis (John Riley School, South Plainfield). The Bicycle Safety inside cover artwork was presented to Aria Spinetti (John Marshall School, Edison). The Personal Safety inside cover artwork was presented to Shreya Raval (MLK , Piscataway) and the most original artwork was presented to Sanjay Ravishankar (Kennedy Park, Woodbridge). These five students were awarded Target gift cards.

Honorable Mention Winner awards in the Bike Safety book were presented to: Alyson Chan, Fantine Chirol, Kaitlyn Connors, Gianna Hernandez, Alison Kowalski, Anna Leon, Kailyn Means, Ripley Wong (Metuchen).  Mahazabin Akther, Sierra Deloach, Andrea Ladia, Shreya Raval, Prisha Shah (Piscataway). Sarina Patel, Meher Somaiya, Kriti Srivastava, Rahi Thaker (South Brunswick).  Bronte Driz, Giannah Obando, Sara Sansare (Woodbridge).

Honorable Mention Winner awards in the Personal Safety book were presented to: Namrata Anand, Jessica Basara, Bronte Driz, SaiKritika Gutti, Shelby Hilarczyk, Janae Li, Ava Patuto, Lila Ulmer (Woodbridge).  Inaaya Abubakar, Shradha Burle, Suhavi Puar, Manasa Venkataramana (Piscataway).  Dina Bashir, Aaron Murray (South Amboy).  Stefania Leonardis, Amber Rose Olsen, Laylah Ruiz, William Tombs (South Plainfield).  Joe Duhme, Kaitlyn Hsueh, Hannah Mindler, Jack Murphy, David Rivas (Metuchen).

Honorable Mention Winner awards in the 2017-2018 Calendar were presented to: Kerina Cheng (South Plainfield).  Jenna Hamza, Saha Mallepeddi (South Brunswick).  Silvia Moreria (South River).  Krushi Patel (North Brunswick).  Navya Gobinathan, Sreshtha Mishra, Vincent Novak, Nidhi Reddy, Arya Vishwakarma (Piscataway).  Emily Jelleme, Elizabeth Lopez (Metuchen).  Naya Mansukhani, Angelina Smolder (Woodbridge). Ajit Pranav S, Raj Rahul Vidhale (Edison). 

The Sheriff’s Office Community Awareness Officers will distribute the books over the next two years at Health and Safety Fairs, Community Days and School Assemblies throughout the county. During these events the officers speak to parents, grandparents and children from preschool age through high school with regard to the importance of personal safety, transportation safety and internet safety.

For more information on the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office, please call (732) 745-3382.