Every year for the past 25 years, TWIA has created Hurricane Preparedness activity packets to support educators when teaching the science of hurricanes and how to prepare for one. They are distributed to third, fourth, and fifth grade classrooms on the Texas Gulf Coast. One of the 2018 activities was a creativity contest inviting students to name the newest member of the Hurricane Safety Squad, which helps Texans to remember, "Don't be scared, be prepared!"
And the Winner Is... Sergeant Prickle!
Congratulations to Peyton Hale, a fourth grader at Barrow Elementary in Brazoria, for winning the 2018 Hurricane Safety Squad naming contest! His submission of Sergeant Prickle was selected from nearly 200 entries to be the newest squad member's name. Peyton received a grand prize that included preparedness gear, books, and a new backpack; his teacher received an Office Depot gift card for teaching supplies and educational weather books for her classroom.
Three runners up also received preparedness prizes: Anya York, a third grader at Oppe Elementary in Galveston, for the name Texas Red; Alyxandra Luna, a fourth grader at Treasure Hills Elementary in Harlingen, for the name Luna Lizard; and Aiden Rosenbaum, a fourth grader at Tuloso Midway Intermediate School in Corpus Christi, for the name Padre.
There were so many wonderful, fun, creative submissions to this year's contest. Our sincere thanks to all who participated!
To learn more about TWIA's Hurricane Preparedness educational campaign and steps you can take to prepare for weather disasters, please visit www.twia.org/hurricane-preparedness.