Columbia, SC—Natalie Elizabeth McElveen, a second grader at Logan Elementary School in Richland County School District One, was recently named a state winner in the 2018 Conservation Poster Contest sponsored by the SC Association of Conservation Districts. McElveen was in first grade when she created her poster.
This year’s contest theme was “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home,” and student posters illustrated the importance of healthy watersheds and how human actions affect water quality. McElveen’s poster, pictured above, illustrates the water cycle, the movement of water through a watershed, and various uses of water resources, from growing crops to providing wildlife habitat. McElveen will receive a cash award, and her poster will progress to the national competition.
More than 400 students participated in this year’s state contest, which is supported and administered locally by each county’s Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). State winners in the 2018 Conservation Poster Contest included:
- K-1st Grade Division: Natalie Elizabeth McElveen, Richland SWCD
- 2nd-3rd Grade Division: Jessie Stevenson Byrd IV, Chesterfield SWCD
- 4th-6th Grade Division: Claire Gilfillan, York SWCD
- 7th-9th Grade Division: Maliha Attarwaca, Lexington SWCD
- 10th-12th Grade Division: Simeon J. Little, Chesterfield SWCD
The Conservation Poster Contest is an annual education program hosted by the Richland SWCD with support from the South Carolina and National Associations of Conservation Districts. The 2019 Contest theme is “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper,” and entries are due by Friday, April 12, 2019 to be considered for awards. Complete contest rules and entry information are available online at www.richlandcountysc.gov/rswcd. For more information about the Richland SWCD’s conservation education programs, contact Chanda Cooper at email@example.com.
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Conservation Districts are political subdivisions of state government under the local direction of five-member Boards of Commissioners. In South Carolina, Conservation District boundaries conform to County boundaries. The Richland Soil and Water Conservation District promotes the wise use and care of natural resources for long-term sustainability.
Richland Soil and Water Conservation District
2020 Hampton Street, Room 3063A
Columbia, SC 29204
Phone (803) 576-2080
Fax (803) 576-2088