The San Diego County Water Authority is encouraging students from second through sixth grade to enter its “Be WaterSm‘ART’ Essay Contest.” The deadline for submitting entries is Thursday, March 8 at 5 p.m.
Students are required to submit an original essay, poem or letter, along with a drawing sharing the phrase, “Being watersmart is cool because…” Details on the contest can be found at www.sdcwa.org/be-watersmart-essay-contest.
First-place, second-place, and third-place winners for each grade will receive a certificate of recognition and be honored at a reception in May at Sea World with their respective teachers. They also will receive prizes generously donated by Boomers!, Atlantis Laser Tag and the San Diego Zoo. The Water Authority will display the winning submissions in its lobby in May for Water Awareness Month.
The contest provides teachers the opportunity to encourage their students to write essays and draw, while teaching principles of water conservation, community awareness and art appreciation. Last year, more than 450 students participated in the program.
In addition to this contest, the Water Authority has a number of other education programs for elementary-age students. These include school-wide assembly programs that use fun, theatrical presentations to deliver water awareness messages, science fair awards and a limited number of classroom presentations.
Free workshops are also available for teachers, including WaterSmart Gardening Workshops and Regional Water Quality Testing Workshops for high school science teachers.
Additionally, many resources are free on the website. Information on these and other education programs can be found at www.sdcwa.org/education. Entries can be mailed or delivered to:
San Diego County Water Authority
Education Section – Essay Contest
4677 Overland Ave.
San Diego, CA 92123