Peter Palestina(Courtesy of our Republican Committeeman from the 7th Northampton Voting District and former Township Supervisor, Peter Palestina)
The Philadelphia Chapter of the CPCU Society (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters) will be conducting its 25th annual “Fire Safety in the Home” essay contest in the elementary schools of the Council Rock School District during National Fire Prevention Week, this week, October 5th – 11th, 2008.

The contest has been held each year in conjunction with the School District , and students are asked to write an essay or do a creative work or poster on Fire Safety during National Fire Prevention Week. The panel of judges will be comprised of School Board Director Bernadette Heenan, former Northampton Supervisor Pete Palestina , CPCU who represents the CPCU Society’s Philadelphia Chapter and Northampton Township Fire Marshal Frank Fenton.

The contest was first introduced by the CPCU’s in 1984 through the efforts of Mr. Palestina, who is readily involved with public safety issues in the community while a Township Supervisor.

“We hope that the children remember what they research and write about so that their family and the entire community benefits from a fire safety aspect” said Mr. Palestina. “Too often we read about the loss of lives and property from a fire and if we can save but one life, it makes programs such as this contest well worth the effort”.

The contest is open to all Council Rock elementary school students, grades 1 through 6.

There will be three levels of competition: first and second graders, third and fourth graders, and fifth and sixth graders.

First place finishers in each level of competition will receive a $200 savings bond and a plaque. Second, third and fourth place finishers will receive a $100 savings bond and a plaque.

In addition, citations will be presented from the Pennsylvania Senate by Senator Tommy Tomlinson and from the House by Representatives Scott Petri and David Steil.

The awards are expected to be presented November 20th at the Council Rock School Board meeting and on December 10th at the Northampton Township Board of Supervisors meeting.

Council Rock’s municipalities are Newtown Borough and the Townships of Northampton, Newtown , Wrightstown and Upper Makefield .


The CPCU Society is an organization of insurance professionals, having more than 30,000 members who have made a commitment to professionalism embodied in the CPCU commitment. The CPCU professional insurance designation is conferred by the American Institute for CPCU after passing ten rigorous college level exams and agreeing to abide by a serious code of ethics.

The Philadelphia Chapter encompasses Philadelphia , the surrounding counties and southern New Jersey . The Society has more than 160 Chapters across the United States and Puerto Rico .

For more information about the Society or this contest contact: Peter F. Palestina, CPCU at 215-364-3000 office or 215-322-1153 home. You may also wish to take the opportunity to visit their website at philadelphia.cpcusociety.org.

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