To help spread the message of Soil and Water Stewardship Week, April 28 through May 5, the Tama Soil & Water Conservation District recently held a grocery sack decorating contest in local schools. The activity was open to third, fourth and fifth grade students in the schools which chose to participate: Dysart-Geneseo, North Tama, Meskwaki Settlement, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, South Tama and Green Mountain-Garwin. 287 students created contest entries.
This year's theme is "Where Does Your Water Shed?" It emphasizes our influence in a watershed community and how everything we do as we live, work and play affects our water resources.
The district's overall winner is fourth grader Jacob Hill, of Dysart-Geneseo Elementary. He won $10 and will be treated to an airplane ride over Tama County sometime this summer. His pilot will be Garry Brandenburg, retired Marshall County Conservation Board Director.
Five dollar winners of their schools' grade levels included: Mahayla Olson, a third grader from Gladbrook-Reinbeck; Larnell Valezquez, third grade, and Micah Young Bear, fourth grade, at Meskwaki School; Tristen Prouse, a third grader at Dysart-Geneseo; Hannah Hendrix, fifth grade, of North Tama; Payson Gillespie, a third grader at Green Mountain-Garwin and Molly Savage, fourth grade, of South Tama.
Look for the students' art work sharing the message of watersheds on renewable paper grocery sacks at the following stores: Terry's Food Center in Dysart, Traer Supermarket in Traer, Hometown Foods in Gladbrook, HyVee in Marshalltown and Fareway in Toledo.