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  • Pima County to honor winners in Living River of Words Youth Art and Poetry Contest

    Apr 04, 2017 | Read More News
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    File: Living River of Words Youth Art and Poetry ContestOn Saturday, April 8, the Pima County Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation (NRPR) and the Pima County Regional Flood Control District will recognize the winning youth poets and artists of this year’s Living River of Words Youth Art and Poetry Contest (LROW) during a ceremony at Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Branch Library, 7800 N. Schisler Dr. The festivities will run from 9 a.m. to noon. The event is free and open to everyone.

    There were over 1,000 entries submitted to LROW from which just 50 were selected for special recognition. The award-winning youth poets and artists proudly represent 15 local schools. County officials also will recognize the Living River of Words Teachers of the Year: Elizabeth Gary, Roadrunner Elementary School, and Kevan Kiser-Chuc, Morgan Maxwell K-8 School. An exhibition of 2017 Living River of Words: Youth Poetry and Art will be displayed at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Branch Library April 8 – May 30, and will travel to several public venues throughout the year.

    File: Living River of Words Youth Art and Poetry ContestThe Living River of Words Program introduces young people ages 5 to 19 to watersheds and wetland habitats through science investigations and the practice of poetry and visual arts. Students and teachers get out of the classroom and spend a morning in the Lower Santa Cruz River conducting water quality tests, observing wildlife and plant interactions, and taking time for reflection and journaling. Back in the classroom and along the river, students work with local artists to take what they have learned and create poetry or art entries for the contest. This year’s Living River Celebration will include fun family activities and separate award ceremonies - one for students in kindergarten to third grade and another for fourth through 12th graders.


    Living River Celebration – Children’s Corner 
    9 a.m. - noon.
    • See the Living River of Words Youth Poetry and Art Exhibit
    • Life on the River - interactive display and presentation 
    • Habitat Scavenger Hunt - make observations along the river using your senses
    • Go fishing! - play a game and learn about Arizona fish diversity
    • Aquatic bugs from the river - observe and take a closer look using microscopes
    • Posters by Maxwell K-8 students

    LROW Awards Ceremonies – Conference Room 
    • 10 - 10:45 a.m. Grades K-3
    • 11 - 11:45 a.m. Grades 4-12

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