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Annual Spring Poster Contest in Covington County


District supervisors present awards to poster contest winners.
(l) Bill Godwin and (back r) Wayne Reynolds, Covington County SWCD Supervisors present awards to 3rd Place Winner Franklin Moose, 2nd Place Winner Hunter Hudson, and 1st Place Winner Emilio Monahan.

By Patricia Gable, SWCS Education Specialist, Covington Co., AL

The Covington County Soil and Water Conservation District held its annual spring poster contest for over 450 third grade students.

The SWCD Education Specialist Patricia Gable prepared an instructional classroom lesson, and provided poster board and NACD student booklets relating to the theme "Forests for People-More than You Can Imagine" to third grade classrooms in seven county schools.

To help promote student interest in the contest, all students creating a poster received a participant ribbon. Family participation was encouraged which  promoted family conversations regarding conservation education ideas the children had seen in classroom instructional lessons.

The County SWCD Supervisors and staff judged the posters and gave cash awards and 1st place ribbons to each classroom.

First place classroom winners and their families were invited to the annual county-wide Youth Event held on April 28, 2011, at Oakwood Lodge.

Around 80 people attended the event. They were treated to a hamburger dinner, observed a brief program by the third grade students on tree part function, and listened to a report from our sponsored Pleasant Home and Straughn Envirothon Teams.

NRCS District Conservationist Steve Yelverton presented a program about the role the District and NRCS plays in assisting county landowners and communities.

The county-wide 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place poster contest winners were announced and were presented additional cash prizes and ribbons.

At the end of the event, the all students received conservation color books and “tree cookies” that were cut from trees in the county so they could study the inner rings.

The students, family members, and SWCD/NRCS staff all enjoyed the fun, food and fellowship.

Students explain parts of a tree.
Third Grade Straughn Elementary Students (front row l-r) Cameron Stephens, Noah Fallin, Hunter Stephens, Jack Campbell, and (back) Education Specialist Patricia Gable explain the function of different tree parts.