Utility Sponsors Student Calendar Art Contest

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KISSIMMEE , Fla., August 23, 10:30 a.m. – To encourage a healthy respect for electricity, Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) is sponsoring an art contest for Osceola County students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

The contest, now in its 13th year, is designed to educate students and teachers about the dangers of electricity and to help prevent accidental injuries or deaths. Students are asked to use crayons, markers, paints or computer-generated graphics to depict electrical safety messages.

A panel of “celebrity” judges will select 12 entries – one for each calendar month – from the artwork submitted. The winning artwork will be featured in a full-color calendar produced by KUA for 2007.

Each student who submits artwork will be honored with a letter of appreciation and an opportunity to win four 2-day/2-park tickets to Universal Studios Florida. The twelve winners will receive $100 cash.

Deadline for entries is 5:00 pm on Friday, Sept. 29, 2006.

Official entry forms and contest details are available on the utility’s Web site at www.kua.com/calendar.

Every year in the U.S., tens of thousands of people are killed or injured from contact with electricity. In fact, one person is electrocuted in the home every 25 hours, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. These types of accidents are also the leading cause of death for children younger than 5, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest municipally-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-7777 x 1116
cgent@kua.com