HERSHEY — Pennsylvania American Water is now accepting entries for its 14th Annual “Protect Our Watersheds” art contest. All fourth, fifth and sixth grade students 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 Pennsylvania’s water resources.
The company is 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.
The deadline for artwork submissions is March 30. Contest guidelines and entry forms are available online at bit.ly/1nTyILL.
In 2015, the company received more than 500 entries from students across the state. The grand prize winner was Nova Douglas, of 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 his or her 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.