Aarav Pillay, a sixth-grader at Kent Laboratory Academy, drew this winner poster for the Washington Poison Center. Courtesy image

Aarav Pillay, a sixth-grader at Kent Laboratory Academy, drew this winner poster for the Washington Poison Center. Courtesy image

Kent student’s Mr. Yuk poster is a winner

Over 70 Washington students in kindergarten through 6th grade submitted posters showing how Mr. Yuk and the Washington Poison Center help keep everyone safe from harmful substances.

The Washington Poison Center partnered with Seattle Children’s for a second consecutive year to promote the poster contest and provide an online poison safety curriculum for elementary-aged students.

Aarav, 11, is in the 6th grade at Kent Laboratory Academy in Kent, and a panel of judges from Seattle Children’s selected Aarav’s poster as the winner: “Aarav did a wonderful job showing us many of the places that Mr. Yuk is stuck!” stated Isabell Sakamoto, Suicide and Injury Prevention Program Manager at Seattle Children’s. “We see that poisonous substances come in many forms and could be all around the home and places we visit throughout the community. We thank Aarav for sharing his wisdom and creativity, and the Washington Poison Center for being an incredible resource for the community!”

Aarav’s artwork was turned into the official Washington state poster for National Poison Prevention Week, March 19-25, 2023.


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