Mr. Yuk, Washington Poison Center offer poster contest to elementary students

  • Sunday, January 6, 2019 11:20am
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Mr. Yuk and the Washington Poison Center have launched their 13th annual Poison Prevention Poster Contest.

Sponsored by Swedish – with the theme: “Mr. Yuk to the Rescue!”– the contest asks Washington state elementary students, grades kindergarten through the sixth grade, to consider how Mr. Yuk helps keep people safe from toxic substances.

Elementary students are encouraged to use their creativity to develop life-saving artwork and messages through a poster format. One student’s artwork will be chosen as the winner and transformed into the Poison Prevention Week poster to coincide with National Poison Prevention Week on March 17-23.

“Teaching students about poison prevention and making good choices about their health and well being, is a priority for us at the Washington Poison Center,” said Dr. Erica Liebelt, executive/medical director for the Washington Poison Center. “One way we reach students is through our poison prevention poster contest. Since 2006, more than 3,000 elementary students have submitted artwork illustrating the many ways that Mr. Yuk and our specialists in poison information come to the rescue for Washingtonians, hospital clinical staff, and first responders, 24/7/365.”

Contest materials were mailed to more than 1,500 elementary schools throughout the state, and included specially designed poison prevention curriculum as a resource to assist students in learning how Mr. Yuk comes to the rescue to keep people safe and healthy from toxic substances.

The last day to submit posters is Jan. 31. The winner will be announced March 6.

The contest winner receives a special school visit from Mr. Yuk to present the Mr. Yuk Award of Excellence, a trip to Olympia with Mr. Yuk in his one-of-a-kind Yuk Mobile to deliver posters to Washington State Legislators, and year-long recognition as the winner of the 2019 Poison Prevention Poster Contest. Classroom visits from Mr. Yuk can be scheduled by emailing:

For rules and additional poison prevention poster contest information, visit

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