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Students invited to make water art

ENCINITAS — It’s time for fourth-graders in classrooms throughout San Dieguito Water District (SDWD) to put on their thinking caps, get out their artistic tools, and use their imagination to illustrate how to “Be Water Smart.” The North County Water Agencies (NCWA) 2014 poster competition has begun. The entry deadline is March 31. Entry forms are at SDWD is one of 12 water agencies sponsoring the annual contest.

Winning 2014 posters, selected based upon depiction of theme, artwork, originality and design, will be featured in the NCWA 2015 Water Awareness Calendar. In addition to seeing their artwork displayed throughout North County, SDWD winners will receive prizes, including a T-shirt and tote bag featuring their own design.

Free 2014 NCWA calendars are available, while supplies last, at SDWD headquarters, 160 Calle Magdelena. This year’s calendar features three North County winners. Samantha Leyva’s poster, depicting the interconnectedness of water in our world, won SDWD’s first-place prize and December placement. Second-place winner Priscilla Avila’s poster is pictured on March. Third-place winner Kanna Koike’s artwork is pictured on the back page.

Classroom poster presentations are now being scheduled. Fourth-grade teachers are encouraged to contact SDWD Water Conservation Specialist Felice Tacktill at (760) 633-2676 or to arrange a classroom visit. The presentation includes a contest overview plus hands-on water conservation activities to inspire students’ creativity. The presentation can be adapted to meet classroom objectives.