A few weeks ago I received an email from Ashley Johnson telling me that she had placed in the top ten out of a field of 825 entrants in the Friends of Wake County Soil and Water Conservation District’s poster contest, “Wetlands are Wonderful.” Here’s Ashley accepting her Top Ten Award at the Friends of the District Banquet held earlier this month.
Ashley is a 5th grader at Alston Ridge Elementary School in Cary. I remember meeting her in Explore the Wild a while back when she was first planning her poster design. Ashley and her mother came down to the Wetlands and I walked around with them answering questions regarding our Wetlands here at the Museum. We had a pleasant walk and conversation, I wished her luck and they were off.
This past week I got another email from Ashley. She placed second in the overall standings.
The contest was open to 5th grade students in Wake County, NC. As you may have guessed, the theme of the posters was “Wetlands are Wonderful.” The posters were required to highlight the ecological benefits of wetlands and specify what it is that makes them “special” places in our world.
Here is a link to photographs of the final award presentations and more information on the who, what, and where of the contest from the Wake County Public School System’s web site.
Again, congratulations to you Ashley, and to all of the other students who took part in this program!