Elizabeth Student Honored in Saint Barnabas Burn Awareness Poster Contest

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LIVINGSTON – An Elizabeth girl earned recognition in the Saint Barnabas Burn Foundation 22nd Annual Burn Awareness Poster Contest. This year’s contest, created to teach youngsters the importance of fire safety and burn prevention, focused on the importance of smoke detectors.

“This year’s winning posters show that the best defense against a home fire is to have working smoke alarms installed throughout a home,” said Lisa Jones, BS, JFIS, Community Educator for The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas, New Jersey’s only verified burn treatment facility. To learn how to keep you and your family safe, Jones recommends you visit The Burn Center’s website at www.njburncenter.com.


The top three finishers received a $200, $150 and $100 U.S. Savings Bond, respectively, and included: Maria Moro of Jersey City; Bryan Zoleta of Bergenfield; and Myranda Laabes of Belleville. Moro’s winning entry was also featured on The Burn Center’s 2011 Burn Awareness Week Poster which is distributed to schools, fire houses and organizations across New Jersey.

In addition, a winner from each county (not already represented in the top three) was awarded a $50 U.S. Savings Bond. These winners included: James Behrmann of Chatham, Karina Calderon of Elizabeth, Cassandra Carrillo of Lakewood, Christina DeLotto of Clifton, Brian Gilbert of Spring Lake, Collin Gross of Fords and Laura Lin of Basking Ridge. In addition, LaAsia Dockery of Neptune received Honorable Mention.

The contest is sponsored by Saint Barnabas Burn Foundation and the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children (ACBC) project. ACBC is an aluminum can recycling program involving the voluntary efforts of more than 30 New Jersey fire departments, corporations and organizations.

Money raised through the ACBC Program is used to purchase items and services that are essential to the recovery of pediatric burn patients at The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. These items, which are not covered by insurance, might include special protective clothing that helps minimize scarring or bicycles that help youngsters exercise injured arms and legs.  In addition to these essential items, the ACBC Program supports the popular Mobile Fire Safety House Program.

Karina Calderon of Elizabeth shows her prize-winning poster. (Photo courtesy of St. Barnabas Medical Center)

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