Entrants sought for art & writing contest

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Thousands of students have participated in the Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing contests. Introduced in 1944 and 1974, respectively, the contests educate students on soil, water, forestry and wildlife conservation. Students take the knowledge they have gained and transform it into creative art work ad essays. Students can earn monetary prizes on the county, regional and state levels.

For many years, the Louisville-based Courier-Journal was a major sponsor of the contest through the printing of the contest tabloids and sponsoring of U.S. Savings Bonds. In 2008, the contest entered a new era by only publishing its tabloid online.

The contest is made possible through the hard work and dedication of sponsors such as the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation, Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts and 121 conservation districts across the state.

This year’s theme is “Where Kentucky’s Wild Things Are.” Contest materials and teacher’s guides are being distributed to the schools during the month of October. Home schools are eligible to participate in the contest. You will need to contact your local conservation district for further information. If your school has not received this information and your child would like to participate, please contact your local conservation district.

Contest materials and teacher’s guide are now available online: http://conservation.ky.gov/Pages/ArtandWritingContest.aspx and kyfb.com/federation

Check with your local conservation district for principal and district report forms.

State winners receive $250 first place; $150 second place and $50 third place.

Regional Winners receive $50 to the writing and art winner in each of the nine Soil and Water Conservation Commission areas. District(Trimble County) winners receive $25 to the writing and art winner in each of the 121 conservation districts in Kentucky Plus local prize money.

State and Area winners will receive a personalized plaque and certificate. County winners that win regional or state awards will only receive one check for the top prize.

Deadline for all entries are due to The Trimble County Conservation District office by December 1, 2011.