Greg Swanson, Utilities General Manager
Moline Water Division
Clint Christopher, Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum
Moline School District No. 40
For Immediate Release:
May 3, 2012
Mayor to Recognize “WATER – Celebrate the Essential” Art Contest Finalists
Mayor Don Welvaert, the Moline City Council and the Moline School District No. 40 will recognize finalists and the winner of the “WATER – Celebrate the Essential” Art Contest at the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 8, at Moline City Hall – Council Chambers, 619 – 16th Street, 2nd floor. The public is invited to attend.
Now in its sixth year, the art contest is a joint project between the City and Moline School District No. 40. Developed to correspond with National Drinking Water Week (May 6 – 12) and in correlation with the City’s annual water quality report, the contest was open to elementary school students. The theme of the contest was “WATER – Celebrate the Essential”, focusing on the key benefits that Moline’s public water supply provides to the homes and businesses of our community. Elementary students in the third grade submitted original works of art in a media of their choice.
School district staff selected one art finalist from each of twelve elementary schools. Final judging was conducted by City of Moline executive and water division staff. Entries were judged on creativity, originality, and correlation to the contest theme.
The winning art entry will be featured on the cover of the City’s annual water quality report, which will be inserted in the Dispatch newspaper on Sunday, June17. Other art finalists will be featured inside the water quality report and on the back cover. All contest finalists entries will be publicly displayed at the Moline Public Library May 14 – 31st. The finalists entries will also be submitted to the American Water Works Association’s national contest, which is modeled after Moline’s art contest.
“We are excited to involve these young people, who will become the future caretaker's of our nation's water resources, in our efforts to share the good news about our tap water with the residents of Moline,” said Greg Swanson, Utilities General Manager.
The “WATER – Celebrate the Essential” Contest gives students the opportunity to become involved in a community wide issue and to work cooperatively with our city leaders. It’s also fun.” Superintendent Cal Lee said.