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Conservation district to host art, writing contests

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The mission, should they choose to accept it, is to discover more about water on earth and in the community.

Local students are asked to draw or write about their findings and submit a report to the Taylor County Conservation District.

For 69 years, young Kentuckians have participated in the Conservation Writing and Jim Claypool Conservation Art contests. The Kentucky Division of Conservation, Kentucky Farm Bureau and local conservation districts sponsor the contests.

Newspaper tabloids have been delivered to schools in the county. However, the contest entry form wasn't printed in the tabloid and must be picked up at the conservation district office or from a school.

All material is web-based and can be found online at www.conservation.ky.gov or www.kyfb.com.

The writing contest is open to students in sixth-grade through their senior year of high school. Entries can't exceed 1,000 words.

The art contest is open to students in first through fifth grade. The artwork must be on 8.5 x 11 paper. The top three art and writing entries from each school are to be delivered to the local Conservation District office by Dec. 1.

Prizes awarded are: state winners - $250 for first place, $150 for second and $50 for third; regional winners - $50; county level winners - $25. State and regional winners will receive a personalized plaque and certificate. County winners who win regional or state awards will only receive one check for the top prize.

Prizes awarded by the Taylor County Conservation District include $50 for classroom supplies to the teacher of the school winner from each participating school; county winner - $40; county runner-up - $30; school winners - $30 for first place, $20 for second and $10 for third; and classroom winners, $10 for each if contest is conducted in this manner.

For more information about the contact, call Linda Russell, district administrative secretary, at 465-4651 Ext. 3.