Brianna Hannigan is a 10 year old from Renick, West Virginia.
She is in the 5th grade at Frankford Elementary in Frankford, WV and will be headed to Eastern Greenbrier Middle School this Fall..
In the Summer of 2015 we were walking outside and she wanted to make a fire pit in the backyard. I told her where she wanted to put it was too close to the overhead trees and the house. She asked Why ? I told her that the embers from the fire pit could fly up into the air and fall into some dry dead leaves and cause a forest fire. I told her like Smokey Bear says, “Only You can Prevent Forest Fires”. She then asked me Who was Smokey Bear?
This really bewildered me that an 8 year old child that had been in school for 4 years had never heard of Smokey Bear. I told her when we went back into the house we would look up Smokey Bear and learn all about him.
When she first saw the Smokey Bear commercials she was amazed and wanted to learn all about him. So we did !
When it came time to work on a project for the Social Studies Fair competition she was determined she was doing hers on Smokey Bear.
We called around to the local forestry services and looked online for anything Smokey Bear. We found a lot of resources and was given a lot of things to share with her classmates.
When it came to the day for her to present her project on Smokey Bear she was so excited. She had her Smokey Bear hat and she knew everything about him.
She Won her school competition and was headed to the County competition. She learned the Smokey Bear song and was ready for the County competition.
She got 2nd Place. She was hurt but still excited at everything she had learned.
We sent her picture to the Smokey Bear Association Facebook page and she was excited to see all the Great Responses she got ! Her favorite one was from Smokey’s best friend, Woodsy Owl ! “Great Job Brianna” !
She was ready for her next adventure ! She was determined that her next social studies project would be on Woodsy Owl.
And she did ! We started looking for anything Woodsy Owl.
When we started organizing the Woody Owl project she decided to go the direction of Woodsy Owl and recycling. She learned both the old and new Woodsy Owl songs and was ready for her next presentation.
She again won at her school level and was headed to the County level. She came home with a 98 out of 100 score at the County Level and was headed to the Regional competition.
The Regional competition consisted of 5 counties competing for top honors. She placed 3rd at the Regional level. She was upset she was not going to get to go to the State Level. But we were all so Proud of what she had accomplished.
When the Smokey Bear Association asked for her story, she was again excited ! And wanted to know, “Does Smokey and Woodsy have any more Friends I can learn about?!”
Thank you for allowing Brianna to become friends of Smokey and Woodsy !!