Smokey the Bear Visits MES


On Thursday morning, February 21, Arkansas Forestry Commission Scott County Ranger David Yandell accompanied Smokey the Bear to visit the students at Mansfield Elementary School.

Ranger Yandell and Smokey spoke with the students on the importance of preventing forest fires, and offered safety tips. The students were given their own bags with lots of fun things to help them remember today’s lesson.

The Arkansas Agriculture Department’s Forestry Commission (AFC) is sponsoring a Smokey Bear “Shout-Out” contest through April 19 to celebrate Smokey’s 75th birthday.

Smokey is the fictional bear that was designated the symbol for forest fire prevention in 1944 by the U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council.

Elementary classes across Arkansas are invited to record a short video wishing Smokey a happy birthday and to share it with AFC and the Arkansas Agriculture Department’s (AAD) social media sites for a chance to win a birthday party with Smokey.

To enter the contest:

Make sure the school name and class can be clearly heard in the video.

Keep it short (15-30 seconds)

Like AFC and AAD Facebook pages: and

Post your video to your school’s Facebook page, making sure to add #SmokeyBear75

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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