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First through third grade students in schools located within the Springfield city limits are invited to vie for prizes in CWLP's third annual water conservation poster contest. The theme of the contest is "Every Drop Counts," and entries should demonstrate water conservation in action, highlighting the need for everyone to conserve. Winning posters will be utilized by CWLP in conjunction with its National Drinking Water Week activities in May 2015.

Winning posters will be a featured part of CWLP's Drinking Water Week display in the lobby of Municipal Center West during the first week of May. Selected posters will also appear on CWLP's website. First place winners in each grade will receive a free pizza party for their entire classroom. Second and third place winners will receive a special certificate, and all students entering the contest will receive pencils and rulers that change color according to the student's mood.

Posters must be received by CWLP no later than March 6, 2015. Winners will be announced by April 7, and pizza parties will be planned and certificates and participation awards distributed during that month.

Getting Started (click to open)
For students to create winning posters, they need to have an understanding of what water conservation is and why it is so important. In preparation for the contest, CWLP encourages teachers of eligible students to build the topic of water conservation into their classroom curriculum, discussing where drinking water comes from, limits to local water supplies, and how students can help protect and preserve those supplies by practicing such conservation measures as checking for dripping faucets or toilet leaks, taking shorter showers, and turning off the water while brushing teeth. Some great online resources teachers are invited to use include:

Little Ripples Activity Book
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Water Drop Maze
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Teachers might also find our Water Conservation Tips Poster helpful in getting students to think about specific water conservation topics they might want to address in their posters. Teachers can download a copy of the poster from this website or order a 22"x34" color hard copy for their classrooms by calling the CWLP Energy Services Office at 789-2070, ext. 2088, or emailing Lin Goetz. Lin is also available to answer any questions or to visit your classroom to explain the contest, show examples of past winners, and provide you with additional educational materials.

Numerous other resources can be found on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program website at CWLP is a partner of WaterSense, which promotes water efficiency throughout the United States.

Contest Rules and Judging Criteria (click to open)
n The contest is open to all first, second and third grade students of public and private schoola located within the Springfield city limits.
n Posters must be drawn horizontally (landscape view) on 12"x18" white poster paper.
n Students may use crayon, watercolor or poster paint, markers, tissue, or fabric.
n Students must work on posters as individuals.
n Each entry must include a completed Waiver and Release of Liability form signed by the child's guardian and attached to the back of the poster.
n Posters should not be folded when packaged for delivery.
n All posters must be received by the CWLP Energy Services Office by no later than 4 p.m., March 6, 2015. They can be dropped off at 1008 E. Miller Street (between N. 9th and N. 11th Streets), or teachers can request their posters be picked up by calling 789-2070, ext. 2088, or by emailing Lin Goetz. Requests for pickup should be made at least 3-4 days in advance of the contest deadline.
n Posters will become the property of City Water, Light & Power and will not be returned.

Judging Criteria
CWLP suggests that student posters include drawings illustrating a single important conservation message; heavy lines; strong colors; few words; and large lettering. A five-person team of judges will evaluate posters based on the following criteria.
n Conservation message (20 points)—Does the poster convey the theme's message clearly and link it to the water conservation subject?
n Visual effectiveness (20 points)—How does the poster relay the message and does it motivate you to take action? Will you remember this poster? Is it neat and creative?
n Universal appeal (15 points)—Can the message be understood by everyone, regardless of age or education level? Does it appeal to the general population or a large audience?
n Originality (15 points)—Is the poster artistically expressive?

For more information about the Every Drop Counts Water Conservation Poster Contest, call 789-2070, ext. 2088, or email Lin Goetz.

Links to poster contest resources, as well as more information about water conservation and related topics can be found in the left-hand column of this page.


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