Pennsylvania American Water Seeking Entries for Annual “Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest

Fourth, fifth, and sixth graders encouraged to create art for the

HERSHEY, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pennsylvania American Water announced today that entries are now being
accepted for its 14th Annual “Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest. All
fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students in schools served by
Pennsylvania American Water are eligible, as well as individual students
who live in the company’s service area. The contest encourages students
to tap into their artistic talents to express the importance of
protecting Pennsylvania’s water resources.

Pennsylvania American Water is currently sending contest information and
applications to teachers in nearly 500 schools in its service territory.
Winners will be selected based on creative vision, artistic talent,
understanding of watershed protection and the ability to communicate
that understanding. As part of their entry, students must write a brief
narrative on the personal impact of watershed protection.

“Students are learning about environmental stewardship and their role in
protecting our resources every day,” said Pennsylvania American Water
President Kathy L. Pape. “Through this contest, we’re encouraging
students to creatively depict the importance of our watersheds and how
they can protect them.”

The deadline for artwork submissions is March 30, 2016. Contest
guidelines and entry forms are available on the company’s Web site at,
under “About Us,” and “Community Programs.”

In 2015, the company received more than 500 entries from students across
the state. The grand prize winner was Nova Douglas from Jefferson County.

In total, six students will be recognized, with a first-, second- and
third-place winner selected from eastern and western Pennsylvania.
First-place winners will be rewarded with a $100 gift card to Barnes &
Noble. Two second- and third-place winners will be awarded a $50 and $25
gift card, respectively.

In addition, the overall grand prize winner will have her/his artwork
featured on “Bloomer” cards distributed by Pennsylvania American Water.
Bloomer cards are seed-filled packets that, when planted and tended,
produce a variety of wildflowers. All entrants will receive a Watershed
Champion certificate. Awards will be presented in May as part of
National Drinking Water Week activities.

Pennsylvania American Water is the largest water utility in the state,
providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to
approximately 2.2 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the
largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and
wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the
company employs approximately 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide
drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15
million people in 47 states and parts of Canada. More information can be
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Pennsylvania American Water
Western Pennsylvania:
T: 724-743-3103
M: 412-667-1479
Terry Maenza
T: 610-670-7789 ext. 1009