City of Hays Partners with KSU for Community Poster Contest

By Hailey Chapman Hays Daily News

The Town of Hays is partnering with KSU Smoky Hill River Watersheds Water Conservation and Water Quality for a poster contest, highlighting their “Make Every Drop Count” theme.

The contest is open to City of Hays K-12 students, FHSU students, NCK Tech students, and adults in the community. No professional artist will be able to submit work.

The contest rewards are as follows:

Kindergarten through 5th grade will receive $50, $30, and $20 for 1st through 3rd place, while 1st place winners will receive a class party.

Students in grades 6-8 will receive $50, $30, and $20 for individual prizes, while grand prize winners will receive $250, $150, and $100 for 1st-3rd place.

Grades 9-12, FHSU and NCK Tech students, and community adults will all receive prizes of $250, $150, and $100 for 1st-3rd place winners.

Posters submitted must show water conservation or stormwater (water quality) messages.

Water conservation submissions should convey a message of saving water indoors, outdoors or at work. Specific messages could focus on water-saving efforts in the bathroom or kitchen, more efficient landscapes for using native vegetation, soil health, installing high-efficiency toilets, faucet or urinal aerators in workplaces.

Reducing stormwater impact and improving water quality as water enters areas such as Big Creek is another goal that submissions can focus on. Messages can focus on pollutants harmful to water sources and advice on how to protect water sources.

Contest rules require entries to be submitted on 12 x 18 inch white poster paper. Individuals can use pencil, pastels, charcoal, pen, ink, markers, paint, watercolor, crayon, collage, three-dimensional, or computer-generated.

The name, age, class, teacher and school should be written on the back of the poster in the lower left corner. Adult entries must include name, address and phone number.

The poster must include the theme “Make every drop count”.

Posters must be submitted no later than Friday, March 11 and can be dropped off at school offices, at the town hall or at the public works department.

Winners will be announced on Thursday, March 31, and an awards ceremony will be announced at a later date.

Posters will be judged 50% on water theme message, 30% on visual effectiveness, 10% on originality and 10% on universal appeal.

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