January 17, 2019

West Ga. Soil and Water Conservation Poster Contest Winners

(Ephesus) — Three Heard County students were recognized at Ephesus Public Library this week for their outstanding posters in this year’s West Georgia Soil and Water Conservation District Poster Contest!

Art Teacher, Mrs. Debbie Cole, did a wonderful job enlisting her students from elementary schools across Heard County to show their talent and enter poster submissions. Their colorful and fun posters have been on display at Ephesus Public Library for the past two weeks.

The posters were judged for visual appeal, originality, and content. After the judging was completed, three winners were announced.

First place was awarded to McKenzie Gray, second place was awarded to Sirus Rowell, and third place was awarded to Chastity Evans.

These three were selected out of 39 submissions. All participants received recognition certificates at their school awards events. The top three winners received ribbons and a cash prize for their efforts.

The District sponsored the poster contest for grades 4 – 6 to highlight the annual Soil Stewardship Week, which occurs the last week of April annually.

This year’s theme was “Local Heroes – Your Hardworking Pollinators.” This topic engaged the students in learning about the importance of bees, birds, butterflies, and other insects that are beneficial to our world.

These “heroes” are very important to the future of agriculture and our food supply. For example, did you know that approximately 1000 plants grown for food, beverages fibers, spices and medicines need to be pollinated by animals in order to produce the goods on which we depend?

In the United States, pollination by honeybees and other insects produces $40 billion worth of products annually!  For more information on pollinators, visit the Xerces Society at www.xerces.org/pollinator-conservation/.

The West Georgia Soil and Water Conservation District helps to conserve soil and natural resources and promotes conservation education in Heard, Carroll, Coweta, Haralson, and Douglas Counties.  They are part of the Georgia Association of Conservation Districts and the National Association of Conservation Districts.

Denney Rogers and Talmadge Davis serve as the Heard County representatives for the District.

If you would like more information on pollinators or the West Georgia Soil and Water Conservation District, please call the local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Office at 770-832-8942, or contact District Conservationist Cindy Haygood at the same number, extension 3.

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