PA American Water announced Tuesday it is now accepting entries for its 14th Annual “Protect Our Watersheds” Student Art Contest. The deadline for entries is March 30.
All fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students in schools served by PA 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 Pennsylvania’s water resources.
“Students are learning about environmental stewardship and their role in protecting our resources every day,” said Pennsylvania American Water President Kathy L. Pape. “Through this contest, we’re encouraging students to creatively depict the importance of our watersheds and how they can protect them.”
PA American Water is currently sending contest information and applications to teachers in nearly 500 schools in its service territory.
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.
In 2015, the company received more than 500 entries from students across the state. The grand prize winner was Nova Douglas from Jefferson County.
In total, six students will be recognized, with a first-, second- and third-place winner selected from eastern and western Pennsylvania. First-place winners will be rewarded with a $100 gift card to Barnes & Noble. Two second- and third-place winners will be awarded a $50 and $25 gift card, respectively.
In addition, the overall grand prize winner will have her/his artwork featured on “Bloomer” cards distributed by Pennsylvania American Water. Bloomer cards are seed-filled packets that, when planted and tended, produce a variety of wildflowers.
All entrants will receive a Watershed Champion certificate. Awards will be presented in May as part of National Drinking Water Week activities.
Contest guidelines and entry forms are available on the PA American Water’s Community Programs webpage.
Related Community Programs
PA American Water also has these programs available within its service territory---- April 1: Deadline for Environmental Grants