Milford. ‘Safe Steps’ art contest winners accept awards

| 16 May 2023 | 10:36

The Pike County Tick Borne Diseases Task Force held its second annual “Safe Steps” Children’s Art Contest where students in grades K-6 were asked to illustrate “where do ticks live” or “how to protect yourself from tick bites.”

This year’s winning poster was a joint effort from the students in Miss Cameron’s Resource Room at Shohola Elementary School. Jeremy Holohan, Grace Colville, Keegen Vandermark, Liam Pozo, Peyton Fisher, Jackson Davis, Jeffrey Berger, Victoria Benyovszki, Alianna Byrnes, Christopher Rojas, and Joey Sala collaborated to create the winning poster.

The contest winners attended the May 3, 2023 Commissioners Meeting to accept their award. Each winner received a participation certificate, as well as a t-shirt featuring their winning design.

“The Task Force enjoys holding the ‘Safe Steps’ Art Contest,” said Rosemarie Schoepp, Tick Borne Diseases Task Force Chair. “It is a fun and educational way to inform children about tick safety and prevention.”

In addition to the winning submission being incorporated into the Task Force’s educational materials, the poster will be displayed in the Pike County Commissioners Office at 506 Broad St., Milford.

The Pike County Tick Borne Diseases Task Force is focused on decreasing the number of tick-borne illnesses by building community awareness through education, support, and advocacy. It offers educational material to help prevent tick borne diseases and safely enjoy the great outdoors, which can be found at

The Task Force meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room and via Zoom. New members are welcome to attend.