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Posted on: September 22, 2016

Seventh annual Fourth Grade Water Ethic Contest underway

The Coconino Plateau Watershed Partnership, a branch of the Coconino Plateau Water Advisory Council, and Willow Bend Environmental Education Center kick off 2016’s Fourth Grade Water Ethic Contest.

The seventh annual contest is open to all fourth grade classes throughout Coconino County, including cities, towns and tribal communities.The contest is an opportunity to introduce children to ethical water use, including conserving, rainwater harvesting and water reuse. It also provides an opportunity for the classrooms to discuss where water comes from and the importance of healthy watersheds, clean waterways, and water for living things and multiple uses. Participating students demonstrate the principle of responsible water use through both artwork and essays.

The contest closes on Oct. 21, 2016. Submitted entries will be evaluated based on the students’ ability to clearly articulate and illustrate their understanding of ethical water use. The review committee will choose a first, second and third place winner based on the essay and artwork.

The first place student’s class will be treated to an in-class pizza party, an ice-cream social for the second place student’s class and a popcorn party for third place. The winning students will also receive additional prizes and all participating classes will be rewarded with water superhero toolkits that include rain gauges, water conservation coloring books, playing cards, a reusable bag that has the winning students’ artwork displayed on them, and prizes such as stickers and magnets. The teachers of the winning entries will receive a check for $300, $200 and $100.

Fourth grader’s submissions will also promote water stewardship throughout northern Arizona. Posters are created for classrooms, events, presentations and bathroom water awareness signs. The bathroom posters have grown in popularity and can be seen the Grand Canyon South Rim Visitor’s Center, City of Flagstaff, Coconino County, City of Sedona, Northern Arizona University, Marshall Elementary School and other venues throughout the community.

To learn more about the contest and to download the water awareness posters, visit or


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