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April 28, 2015


Contest winners were (front row, L-R): Dalton, Jimena, Lexie and AlexandriaThe artwork of four winners of an art contest for elementary school students will be featured on reusable bags in local Lowes Foods grocery stores in late May.

The winning students, who were announced and recognized during the “Growing a Green Future” Earth Day celebration at the SALT Block in Hickory on Sunday, April 26, included (seen at front in the photo, left to right) Dalton, a second grader at Clyde Campbell Elementary School; Jimena, a third grade student at North Newton Elementary; Lexie, a fourth grade student at Jenkins Elementary in Hickory; and Anastasia, a fifth grade student who also attends Jenkins Elementary.

“Last fall, elementary school students in Catawba County Schools, Hickory Public Schools, and Newton-Conover City Schools competed to have their artwork printed on reusable grocery bags,” said Amanda Kain, Catawba County’s Waste Reduction and Education Coordinator. “Catawba County Government partnered with Lowes Foods and Keep Catawba County Beautiful (KCCB) to host this art contest in an effort to prevent roadside litter in Catawba County and teach students about how to care for the environment. Using reusable bags is one small, but important step that community members can take to protect our environment. Please support the winning students by purchasing reusable bags featuring the winners’ artwork at local Lowes Foods grocery stores. The bags will be available in stores in late May.”

325 students from ten elementary schools and home schools (including Clyde Campbell, Jenkins, Longview, North Newton, Oakwood, Raines Christian Academy, Shuford, South Newton, Southwest and Viewmont Elementary School) entered the contest last fall. Winners were selected based on their creativity, originality, artistic ability, and choice of a subject that related to caring for the environment.

For questions or more information regarding the art contest, contact the County Manager’s Office at 828-465-8203.