Pool Safety Winner from Birchwood

Birchwood student Jade Tintera is awarded for her 2nd place poster about pool safety.
Jade Tintera (third from left) from Birchwood Intermediate School was recently honored by Suffolk Legislator Lou D’Amaro (second from left) as the Second Place winner in the 2017 Suffolk County “Be Pool Smart” poster contest. They were joined at the June 6th ceremony by Birchwood Principal Anthony Ciccarelli (left) and (to the right of Jade), her mother Nadia Tintera, grandmother Mayra Ali and great-grandmother Emelinda Pequero.

Birchwood Intermediate School third-grader Jade Tintera was recently honored by Suffolk County Legislator Lou D’Amaro (D-Huntington Station) as the Second Place winner in the County’s 2017 “Be Pool Smart” poster contest.  Established in 2007, the competition invites elementary school students to promote the importance of pool safety by creating a poster that illustrates pool safety tips.

Entries were submitted by students from throughout Legislative District 17 and, initially, Jade’s creative design was named the District winner.  Her poster was then submitted to compete at the County level where it was ultimately selected as the Second Place winner by the non-partisan Legislature Budget Review Office.

Each contest participant received a Certificate of Distinguished Achievement and Jade was awarded a special Suffolk County Proclamation from Legislator D’Amaro before the entire Legislature at the June 6 meeting.

“There are many safety tips that are important,” said Jade. “Two of the more important ones are: never dive in shallow water, and never swim alone, always have adult supervision or a friend at all times.”

“Our ‘Be Pool Smart’ poster contest directly engages children in learning the importance of pool safety to help avoid tragedies,” said Legislator D’Amaro.  “I thank all of the students who participated in the poster contest and especially want to congratulate Jade on her winning design.  She has made her family and our entire community proud.”