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POSTER AND WRITING CONTEST 2005-2006:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR STUDENTS
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

 

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ELIGIBILITY

Contests limited to schools located within the MWRA service area.
> Eligible communities

FORMS AND LABELS

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Registration Forms
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Student Labels for Contest Entries
(.doc) | (.pdf)



FOR STUDENTS

Need inspiration? Check out our poster and writing contest winners for 2005-2006

> Poster winners
> Writing winners
CONTACT INFO
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GENERAL QUESTIONS
What are the prizes?
What information needs to be included with my poster and/or writing entry?
Where can I get a student label?
May I enter both the poster and writing contests?
POSTER CONTEST QUESTIONS
What size should my poster be?
What makes a good poster?
What are this year's poster topics?
Can friends work on posters together?
Do posters have to be drawings?
How will my poster be judged?
WRITING CONTEST QUESTIONS
What makes a good writing entry?
What are this year’s writing contest topics?
Where can I get background information about Bay State Fertilizer?
Do I have to write my entry on a computer?
How will my writing entry be judged?

What are the prizes?

Prizes will be American Express Gift Checks instead of U.S. Savings Bonds this year. First prize in each category is a $100.00 check, 2nd prize is a $50.00 check, and 3rd prize is a $25.00 check.  In the poster contest there are (3) categories K-2, 3-5, and 6-8.  In the writing contest the (3) categories are 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.  In each of the (6) categories there is a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and (3) honorable mention winners.  All winners, including honorable mention winners, are invited with their families to an Awards Ceremony at Deer Island on May 25, 2007.

Everyone who enters the contest will receive a Certificate of Participation – suitable for framing!

What information needs to be included with my poster and/or writing entry?

All poster and writing contest entries must have a completed Student Label attached to the back of the entry.  The labels should be taped or glued securely to the back of the entry.  Sometimes labels that are paper clipped or stapled fall off.  If there is no Student Label on the entry, you cannot win!

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Where can I get a student label?

Ask your teacher for one or download it from one of these links:

> student labels (.doc)
> student labels (.pdf)

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May I enter both the poster and writing contests?

If you are in grades 3-8, you may enter both contests.

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What size should the poster be?

Your poster must be no smaller than 8.5 X 11 inches and no larger than 18 X 24 inches.

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What makes a good poster?

Make sure your poster is on topic.  Don't try to include too many ideas or activities  on your poster.  A single message, clearly illustrated, is more effective.  If you use lettering, make sure it can be read from across a room.

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What are this year’s poster contest topics?

  • Grades K-2: Create a poster showing your drinking water being used for recreational purposes (having fun!).
  • Grades 3-5: Create a poster showing your drinking water being used for doing chores (either at home, in the yard, or at school).
  • Grades 6-8: Create a poster showing your drinking water being used for health purposes.

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Can friends work on posters together?

No, only individual work will be accepted. 

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Do posters have to be drawings?

No, posters can be any form of art you choose to express the topic.  You can create a collage with pictures cut out of a magazine, you can use pieces of fabric or you can create a drawing using markers, crayons, paints, or charcoal.  We are looking for unique and creative works of art.

Posters must be no smaller than 8.5 X 11 inches and no bigger than 18 X 24 inches.  Be sure to attach a student label to the back of your poster.

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How will my poster be judged?

MWRA staff will select the strongest posters from the entries in each category.  Then a panel of judges will score the posters on originality, clarity of message, creative and artistic use of materials, and quality of work.

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What makes a good writing entry?

First, be sure your entry addresses the question.  As good as a piece might be, if it isn't on topic, it can't win a prize.  Then, use your creativity to make your entry stand out.  The reader should remember your work because there was something unique about it. An essay can be just as creative as a poem or dialogue, if it has a clear theme and develops it cleverly.

What are this year’s writing contest topics?

  • Grades 3-5: Write about what you think the greatest benefit was when sludge dumping into Boston Harbor stopped on December 31, 1991.
  • Grades 6-8: Tell us how they would help spread the word to community leaders that Bay State Fertilizer is available to them and they should take advantage of this valuable resource. Many communities within the MWRA sewerage district use Bay State Fertilizer on their parks, athletic fields, and municipal landscaping.
  • Grades 9-12: Devise a marketing campaign for Bay State Fertilizer which is purchased wholesale by golf courses and landscapers throughout New England and has been available locally through garden centers and nurseries since 1995.

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Where can I get information about Bay State Fertilizer?

You can find plenty of information throughout the MWRA's website.  There are most likely newspaper and magazine articles at your local or school library on this topic.  Also, talk with your relatives and friends.  They may have some personal experiences or information that may be useful.

An MWRA employee was told an interesting story by an acquaintance who had used Bay State Fertilizer on his lawn.  He said that his community imposed a water ban and his lawn was the only lawn that stayed green in his entire neighborhood.  The reason is likely because Bay State Fertilizer is high in organic matter which reduces the need for watering.  

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Do I have to write my entry on a computer?

Writing entries may be written neatly in ink and can be no longer than two pages.  Please use only one side of the paper and be sure to attach a Student Label securely to the back of your entry.  Audio and video entries will not be accepted.

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How will my writing entry be judged?

MWRA staff will select the best entries in each category.  Copies will be given to a judging panel, who will first read and rate them and then meet to decide the winners.  Writing entries will be judged on factual accuracy, creativity, originality and persuasiveness.

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Only schools located in the MWRA Service Area listed below are eligible to participate in the 25th Annual Poster & Writing Contest

Water
Sewer
Water & Sewer

Chicopee
Clinton
Leominster
Lynn  
Lynnfield
Marblehead
Marlborough
Nahant
Northborough
Peabody
Saugus
Southborough
South Hadley
Swampscott
Weston
Wilbraham
Worcester

Ashland
Braintree
Burlington
Dedham
Hingham
Holbrook
Lancaster
Natick
Randolph
Reading
Walpole
Westwood
Weymouth
Wilmington

Arlington
Bedford
Belmont
Boston
Brookline
Cambridge
Canton
Chelsea
Everett
Framingham
Lexington
Malden
Medford
Melrose
Milton
Needham
Newton
Norwood
Quincy
Revere
Somerville
Stoneham
Stoughton
Wakefield
Waltham
Watertown
Wellesley
Winchester
Winthrop
Woburn
Schools located on Cape Cod and within the Quabbin and Wachusett Watershed are also eligible to participate.

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STAFF CONTACTS
Meg Tabacsko 617-660-7975
Meg.Tabacsko@mwra.state.ma.us

Jackie Floyd 617-660-7973
jackie.floyd@mwra.state.ma.us

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Updated December 2, 2008