Oklahoma students are invited to participate in the National Tornado Summit Poster Contest.

The contest, sponsored by Oklahoma Farm Bureau, is an opportunity to encourage artistic expression and raise public awareness of severe weather safety. Winners will receive gift card prizes with the 1st place winners of each division receiving a cash prize for their school.

“It is inspiring to include children in a fun, creative way to help communicate the importance of preparing for severe weather in our state,” said National Tornado Summit Co-Chair John Wiscaver. “The value of the National Tornado Summit is significant to all ages, and we look forward to seeing the students’ work while giving back to the education system.”

Contest participants will be divided into three divisions: Division I: Kindergarten & 1st Grade; Division II: 2nd & 3rd Grade; and Division III: 4th, 5th & 6th Grade.

Students may use crayons, markers, pens, pencils and magazine pictures. Posters should depict how individuals, families and communities prepare for tornadoes and severe weather.

Submissions will be judged on originality, creativity, neatness, subjectivity and overall effect.

Posters are available for download at www.tornadosummit.org by clicking on E-Tools.

Gift card prizes will be awarded in each division: 1st Place: $100; 2nd Place: $75; 3rd Place: $50. An additional cash prize of $500 will be awarded to the school of each first place winner.

All posters must be received by March 1, 2013. Posters can be dropped off at any Oklahoma Farm Bureau office or mailed to: ATTN: Poster Contest factor 110 706 N. Broadway Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73102.

To ask questions contact Kelly Collins, National Tornado Summit Media Coordinator (405) 522-0683