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Poster, Writing and Video Contests
for the 2016-2017 School Year

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

 

It's MWRA contest time! Once again the MWRA is sponsoring Poster, Writing, and Video Contests for students who live in or attend school in a community served by the MWRA.

2016-2017 Topic
for Poster, Writing and Video Contests

image of contest poster

How the Weather Affects the MWRA and its Workers

Too wet? Too dry? No matter what the weather, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year providing clean drinking water from the Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs and wastewater treatment at Deer Island to 2.5 million people.

Entry deadline: March 15, 2017

We hope the students will have fun with this topic and learn some important facts in the process.  Good luck to all participants!

Poster Contest (grades K-8)

Create a poster to show how weather affects the MWRA and its workers.

Posters will be judged in 3 categories:
Grades. K-2, Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8.

Visit our Poster Contest Page for more information.

Writing Contest (grades 3-8)

Write an essay or poem to show how weather affects the MWRA and its workers.

Entries will be judged in 2 categories:
Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8.

Visit our Writing Contest Page for more information.

Video Contest (grades 9-12)

Produce a video to show how weather affects the MWRA and its workers.

Visit our Video Contest Page for more information.

Deadline

Entries must be postmarked by Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Early entries are encouraged.

Rules
Rules are included in the contest entry packet (PDF).
Required Forms and Labels

Every group of student entries must have a Contest Registration Form and each entry must have a Student Label attached securely to the back of the entry. Forms and labels are included in the contest entry packet (PDF).

Students may enter on their own if they live in or attend a school in the MWRA service area. You must include the student label on the back of your entry. Labels are included in the contest entry packet (PDF).

Video contest entrants must submit a signed release form (PDF) along with their videos. The form is included in the contest entry packet (PDF).

Prizes

First prize in each category is a $100.00 gift card, 2nd prize is a $50.00 card, and 3rd prize is a $25.00 card.

All winners, including honorable mention winners, are invited with their families to an Awards Ceremony at Deer Island on Friday, May 26, 2017.

How to Submit Contest Entries

All entries must be mailed to:

MWRA School Contest
2 Griffin Way
Chelsea, MA 02150

What Makes a Good Poster Entry

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. For inspiration and examples, check out our poster contest winners for 2015-2016.

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 is developed cleverly. For ideas, take a look at our writing contest winners for 2015-2016.
What Makes a Good Video Entry
A successful video will be on topic, informative, accurate and entertaining. Last year's video contest winners are posted on our YouTube page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions and answers for teachers and students are included in the contest entry packet (PDF).

How to Submit Contest Entries
All entries must be mailed to:

MWRA School Contest
2 Griffin Way
Chelsea, MA 02150

Deadline: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

What if I still have some questions?

If you still have questions, please contact Meg Tabacsko, MWRA School Program Manager, at meg.tabacsko@mwra.com. If you do not have access to email, please call Meg at 617-305-5646.

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Only schools located in the MWRA Service Area listed below are eligible to participate in the Annual Poster, Writing and Video Contests

Water Communities
Chicopee Peabody
Clinton Saugus
Leominster Southborough
Lynn  South Hadley
Lynnfield Swampscott
Marblehead Weston
Marlborough Wilbraham
Nahant Worcester
Northborough  
Sewer Communities
Ashland Lancaster
Braintree Natick
Burlington Randolph
Hingham Walpole
Holbrook Weymouth
Water and Sewer Communities
Arlington Newton
Bedford Norwood
Belmont Quincy
Boston Reading
Brookline Revere
Cambridge Somerville
Canton Stoneham
Chelsea Stoughton
Dedham Wakefield
Everett Waltham
Framingham Watertown
Lexington Wellesley
Malden Westwood
Medford Wilmington
Melrose Winchester
Milton Winthrop
Needham Woburn
Schools located on Cape Cod and within the Quabbin and Wachusett Watershed are also eligible to participate.

STAFF CONTACTS

Meg Tabacsko
617-305-5646
meg.tabacsko@mwra.com

Vicki Mucci
617-305-5670
vicki.mucci@mwra.com

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Updated January 9, 2017

School Program Main Page
Contest Main Page
Poster Contest
Writing Contest
Video Contest
Contest Entry Packet: all rules, FAQs, forms, labels and other important details packet of info, forms and rules (PDF)
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ELIGIBILITY

Contests are limited to schools in the MWRA service area.
Eligible communities

HELPFUL LINKS
MWRA YouTube Page
MWRA Photos on Flickr
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A winning poster for 2015-2016 by Salvador

Last Year's Winners
CONTACT INFO
MWRA Staff Contacts