Image courtesy Washington Poison Center.

Image courtesy Washington Poison Center.

Mr. Yuck poster contest ends this month

Students in kindergarten through 6th grade are able to participate in the statewide contest.

Mr. Yuk and the Washington Poison Center have launched their 13th Annual Poison Prevention Poster Contest, sponsored by Swedish, with the theme: “Mr. Yuk to the Rescue!”.

The Poison Prevention Poster Contest asks Washington state elementary students grades kindergarten through 6th, to consider how Mr. Yuk helps keep people safe from toxic substances. Elementary students are encouraged to use their creativity to develop life-saving artwork and messages through a poster format. One student’s artwork will be chosen as the winner, and transformed into the 13th Annual Poison Prevention Week poster to coincide with National Poison Prevention Week, March 17-23, 2019.

“Teaching students about poison prevention, and making good choices about their health and well-being, is a priority for us at the Washington Poison Center,” commented Dr. Erica Liebelt, executive/medical director for the Washington Poison Center. “One way we reach students is through our poison prevention poster contest. Since 2006, more than 3,000 elementary students have submitted artwork illustrating the many ways that Mr. Yuk and our specialists in poison information come to the rescue for Washingtonians, hospital clinical staff, and first responders, 24/7/365.”

The 2019 Poison Prevention Poster Contest materials were mailed to over 1,500 elementary schools throughout Washington state, and included specially designed poison prevention curriculum as a resource to assist students in learning how Mr. Yuk comes to the rescue to keep people safe and healthy from toxic substances.

“Each year in the United States, approximately 3 million people swallow or come into contact with a toxic substance. Many of these poisonings occur in young children, who are both more likely to accidentally ingest dangerous materials, and more susceptible to the effects of these exposures,” said Dr. Elizabeth Meade, chief of pediatrics for Swedish. “As a provider who cares for children in the hospital, I often rely on the specialists at the Washington Poison Center to help guide the care of patients who have had a toxic exposure. Swedish is thrilled to partner with WAPC on the Poison Prevention Poster Contest, and to help educate children and families about safety and poisoning prevention.”

Poison Prevention Poster Contest Schedule

• Monday, December 3, 2018 – Poster Contest Kick Off

• Thursday, January 31, 2019 – Last Day to Submit Posters

• Wednesday, March 6, 2019 – Poster Contest Winner Announced

The 2019 Washington Poison Center Poison Prevention Contest winner receives a special school visit from Mr. Yuk to present the Mr. Yuk Award of Excellence, a trip to Olympia with Mr. Yuk in his one-of-a-kind Yuk Mobile to deliver posters to Washington State Legislators, and year-long recognition as the winner of the 2019 Poison Prevention Poster Contest.

Classroom visits from Mr. Yuk can be scheduled by emailing: For rules and additional poison prevention poster contest information, visit:

Additional questions can be directed to: Jennifer Monteleone, Director, Public Affairs & Community Relations, or 206-517-2367.

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