Washington Middle School students once again participated in the National Association of Conservation Districts Poster Contest. Each year during Stewardship week, which is the last week of April, the district encourages schools to participate in the contest.
The district gives out trees for students who participate. It is a great way to involve the students in planting trees in their own backyard. Giving young people the opportunity to make a difference by doing a conservation project hopefully will encourage future projects, said Brigitte Hisey, natural resource specialist with Fayette Soil & Water Conservation District.
The theme this year was “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper.” Tami Rose’s sixth grade art classes made posters on paper bags donated by Kroger. This year’s winners were Yadira Molina-Lopez, first place, Jessica Lopez Dominguez, second place, and Jada Ryan, third place. Each student received a monetary prize from the district. The students worked really hard on their designs.
Soil is an essential natural resource that all of us depend on each and every day,” said past NACD president Earl Garber. “The Dust Bowl of the 1930s showed our nation the importance of conservation practices. Farmers and ranchers who have experienced recent droughts know that conservation practices are critical in helping their soil endure, even in the most challenging weather events. Your local conservation district is working with local landowners to assist in a variety of projects and outreach to improve soil health both now and in the long-term.”