Missouri celebrates Drinking Water Week with poster contest for fifth grade students


Missouri – Every year, the first full week of May is marked as Drinking Water Week, a time to celebrate and raise awareness about the indispensable role that tap water plays in our daily lives. This event underscores the significance of having access to clean and reliable water sources, which are foundational to community prosperity, supporting everything from public health and fire safety to economic growth and environmental sustainability.

2024 Poster Contest for Missouri’s Young Artists

In line with the 2024 Drinking Water Week, set for May 5–11, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, in collaboration with the Missouri Section of the American Water Works Association, is launching a poster contest for fifth grade students across Missouri. This contest offers a creative platform for students to express the importance of tap water with the theme “There when you need it!”.

Creative Guidelines and Prizes

Participants are encouraged to let their creativity flow, illustrating tap water’s crucial role in everyday life through their artwork. The contest welcomes posters no larger than 11 x 17 inches, with students free to use any color or medium, including crayons, markers, and pencils. The judging panel will evaluate entries based on their originality, artistic execution, and relevance to the theme of public water supplies.

The top three masterpieces will be honored with cash prizes, courtesy of the American Water Works Association: $300 for the champion, $200 for the runner-up, and $100 for the third place. Besides the monetary reward, winners will gain the opportunity to have their artwork showcased on the department’s social media and official website, giving their creative talents a wider audience.

Submission Details

To participate, entries must be sent to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources by March 15, 2024. For additional contest details or inquiries, Sarah Filkins at the Department of Natural Resources is available at 573-522-5027 or via email at [email protected]. Further information can also be found on the department’s website.

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