Smiling broadly, blue eyes glinting brightly, Laverne Flatt mingles with 11 students in the foyer of Centralia Intermediate school.
She’s there to present the winner and runner-up certificates to the lucky students who placed in the top-two of their brackets of the annual Smokey Bear Woodsy Owl poster contest.
Before they line up for a group photo, she personally gives each student their certificate, as well as a dollar bill for the winners.
It is something she has been doing every winter for her eight years as chairman of the Centralia Flower and Garden Club, and maybe longer as one of the club’s active members.
A Centralia-area farm wife for more than 50 years, Flatt said it is something she enjoys doing, both for the children and for the future of farming and other plant-related professions.
“Oh, I do it for the kids,” she said, pausing to sit on the CIS foyer’s wooden bench to chat. “Hopefully participating in a contest like this will help them learn a little more about being responsible outdoors and around fire.”
For the complete article, please see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.