The Pennsylvania Department of Health is looking for drawings.

The Get Smart program wants to make sure children know the importance of washing their hands. To help reinforce good hygiene, the Kids' Hangout's Annual Drawing Competition is looking for children up to age 8 to draw a picture illustrating "why it's important to wash, scrub, swish and rub our hands clean."

The winning child or children will receive a prize and his or her drawing will be displayed on the Know When to Say No website.

Drawings can be of anything that shows the importance of washing hands.

Some ideas include:

Ÿ The icky germs dirty hands can carry.

Ÿ Everyone gets a cold from time to time that could include your friend, sister, brother or parents. What would you do if someone accidentally coughs on your book, toy or pencil before they hand it back to you?

Ÿ A picture of yourself washing your hands.

Ÿ Everything you touch in a day.

Ÿ Pictures of when it is important to wash your hands. After lunch? Before bed? After playing with pets?

Ÿ Draw a germ-fighting hero. Does the hero battle icky germs with soap and water or does he let the germs win?

Ÿ What your hands look like before and after you wash them.

Maximum of two entries per child. Please include the name, age, address, and telephone number on the back of the entry. Entries must be received by Nov. 15.

Entries can be sent via email to knowwhentosayno@pa.gov by mail to

Get Smart Kids Competition

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Room 933 Health & Welfare Building

625 Forster St.

Harrisburg, PA 17120-0701

For more information or for an entry form, visit www.med.upenn.edu/antibiotics/kids-page.html