Thousands of students across Kentucky are learning about trees through the Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing contest, which opens today. The annual contests, an art contest for students in grades one through five, and a writing contest for students in grades six through 12, allow students to use the knowledge they have gained about the environment and transform it into creative art work and written essays.
The Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts and the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation sponsor the contest and provide materials that can be used in classrooms or at home to help the students learn about the year’s topic. The articles and suggested projects in the provided materials help students understand why trees are vital to everyone.
Kimberly Richardson, director of the Kentucky Division of Conservation, said, “Trees are so important to Kentucky’s biodiversity. The Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing contest allows that fundamental to be taught in a fun and easy to understand manner.”
During the contest this year, students will learn about the various parts of trees, products made from trees, how to identify trees and their value, how trees affect Kentucky’s water and soil and the types of jobs available in forestry. They will then create essays or posters to show what they have learned. Students can earn monetary prizes on the school, county, regional and state levels. School winning entries are due to the local conservation districts by December 1.
County winners will receive $25 from the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation. Area winners receive $50. State first, second and third place prize winners receive $250, $150 and $50 respectively. Local conservation districts and other sponsors also provide prizes. The area and state winners will be recognized at a ceremony in Frankfort early in 2017.
For more information about the contest, please visit your local conservation district office or http://conservation.ky.gov/Pages/ArtandWritingContest.aspx.