Courtesy of Senate Democrats Washington
Jenna Hardman, Mr. Yuk and Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles at the state Capitol in Olympia.

Ballard sixth-grader wins 'Poison Prevention' poster contest

Ballardite Jenna Hardman, a sixth grader at St. Joseph School, has been named the winner of the Washington Poison Center's annual Poison Prevention Week poster contest.

Hardman's winning poster titled "Everyone Needs Mr. Yuk," depicts the face of Mr. Yuk – the well-known icon used on poison warning labels – surrounded by Washingtonians from across the state.

A constituent of Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, Jenna, along with her family members, joined Mr. Yuk at the state capitol in Olympia to raise awareness about the 50th anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week.

"With all of the poisonous substances that can be found in today's environment, increasing awareness – especially among young people – about the dangers associated with toxic poisoning continues to be an extremely important public outreach campaign," said Kohl-Welles in a press release. "It was a pleasure meeting Jenna and her family as they accompanied Mr. Yuk at the Capitol to pass on this critical message to other state legislators."

Hardman will be joining Mr. Yuk in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Seattle, and her winning poster design can be seen on display at Umpqua Bank, the corporate sponsor of the contest.

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