MECHANICSBURG, PA — Pennsylvania American Water announced that entries are being accepted for its 18th Annual “Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest.
Students grades 4-6 in schools served by Pennsylvania 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 water resources across the Commonwealth.
Pennsylvania American Water recently sent contest information and applications to nearly 400 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 Pennsylvania’s watersheds.
As part of their entry, students must write a brief narrative on the personal impact of watershed protection.
“This contest demonstrates our company’s commitment to watershed education and protection,” said Jennifer Heymann, source water protection program manager at Pennsylvania American Water. “These students will be the next generation of watershed protectors, and their attitudes and behaviors on the subject will be formed at this early age. It’s important that we plant the seed now on the importance of our water resources.”
In 2019, Pennsylvania American Water received nearly 400 entries from students across the Commonwealth. Sixth-grader Lila Weingarten of Spring-Ford Intermediate School earned the grand prize for her colorful artwork depicting planet Earth and the importance of protecting its water.
The grand prize winner’s artwork is printed on seed cards, which can be planted in the ground and, with water and sun, will produce a variety of wildflowers.
The deadline for artwork submission is April 10, 2020. Contest rules and entry forms are available on the company’s website. Winners will be selected based on creative vision, artistic talent, understanding of watershed protection and the ability to communicate that understanding.
All entrants will receive a Watershed Champion Certificate, and top seven winners will receive bookstore gift cards. For additional information, please contact [email protected].
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