CHARLESTON— West Virginia American Water announced today that entries are being accepted for its third annual “Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest. Students grades 4-6 in schools served by West Virginia American Water are eligible, as well as individual students who live in the company’s service area. The contest encourages students to tap into their artistic talents to express the importance of protecting West Virginia’s water resources.
West Virginia American Water recently sent contest information and applications to teachers in nearly 130 schools in its service territory, encouraging teachers to promote the contest as a fun and imaginative way to draw students’ attention to protecting and preserving West Virginia’s watersheds. Winners will be selected based on creative vision, artistic talent, understanding of watershed protection and the ability to communicate that understanding. As part of their entry, students must write a brief narrative on the personal impact of watershed protection.
“This contest aligns perfectly with West Virginia American Water’s public education efforts on watershed protection and water conservation,” said Megan Hannah, West Virginia American Water’s community relations specialist. “Attitudes and behaviors on social and environmental responsibility are formed at an early age, so it is important that we focus on educating our youngest citizens, who will likely be our future customers.”
The deadline for artwork submissions is March 5, 2018. Contest guidelines and entry forms are available on the company’s website at www.westvirginiaamwater.com, under “News & Community,” and “Community Involvement.”
In total, four students will be selected for the following awards:
· Grand Prize: First-place prize, plus a miniature replication of the student’s artwork will be printed on “Bloomers” cards or another similar education medium distributed by West Virginia American Water. “Bloomers” are unique seed filled grow cards, which can be planted in the ground and, with water and sun, will produce a variety of wildflowers.
· 1st Place: $100 local bookstore gift card
· 2nd Place: $50 local bookstore gift card
· 3rd Place: $25 local bookstore gift card
All entrants will receive a Watershed Champion Certificate. Last year’s contest received over 100 entries, and the grand prize was awarded to Andrew Moodispaw of Jane Lew – a fifth grade student at St. Patrick School – whose entry depicted an educational diagram of how watersheds function.