For the third year in a row, the artwork of a Neosho third grade student appears on a special T-shirt for National Fire Prevention Month.

For the third year in a row, the artwork of a Neosho third grade student appears on a special T-shirt for National Fire Prevention Month.
Rhett Wilson, a third-grader at George Washington Carver Elementary School in Neosho, won this year's contest with his design. The contest began in 2015, an inspiration of Neosho Fire Department Administrative Assistant Mari Mallory, who thought up the competition to mark the annual observance. Voting for the winning design was finalized at the annual Chili Cook Off held last Saturday at Neosho Fire Station #1 during the Neosho Fall Festival
Wilson was honored as part of the annual National Fire Prevention Week Assembly on Wednesday at Carver. Art teacher Shannon Lupini introduced the young artist and explained how each school's art department submits their students work to the contest. Students are asked to depict what the fire department means to them. Wilson's was chosen from the many entries submitted from each of Neosho's grade schools.
Wilson's design features a classic bright red fire engine at the scene of a multi-story building where two fires are evident through the windows as smoke rolls upward from the structure. Several firefighters along with hoses are also depicted,
"He's been drawing since he was little," Amy Wilson, the artist's mom, said. "He's so good at it. He creates such creative images and gives particular attention to details. I hope he goes far with it."
Wilson was congratulated by Neosho Fire Department Battalion Chief Adrian Hitchcock who presented the assembly at the school along with several fellow members of the Neosho Fire Department,
In addition to a T-shirt with his unique design, Rhett Wilson will also ride on the fire truck during the annual Neosho Christmas parade at 5 p.m. on December 2.
Students and Carver Elementary staff members applauded Wilson when he received his t-shirt and recognition.
A limited number of the t-shirts are still available through the Neosho Fire Department.