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Shaina Moore, a fourth-grade student at Rich Acres Elementary School, won the “Let’s Clean Up Our Act Henry County” Art Contest held recently with this drawing. Her entry will appear on the side of Henry County refuse trucks.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The importance of clean water and protecting animals is illustrated in the winning entry of the “Let’s Clean Up Our Act Henry County” Art Contest.

The contest was launched in the county schools in early October, and the winners from among about 200 entries were announced at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Henry County Board of Supervisors.

The first-place winner, Shaina Moore, a fourth-grade student of Rich Acres Elementary School, will have her artwork placed on the new Henry County refuse trucks.

Shaina’s artwork focuses mostly on protecting wildlife and the Smith River. Her work shows many animals that are native to this area, such as deer, raccoons and trout, but it also incorporates the importance of people doing their part to keep the area clean by picking up trash.

Shaina said she focused on animals in her artwork because, “I think it’s important to protect our animals. I don’t want animals to eat the trash, get caught in the trash or die because of something that humans did.”

She also shows an understanding of where we get our water from. It is important to keep the community clean, she said, “so animals don’t die. Also, when we go to drink water, we don’t have to drink polluted water. I want us to have a healthy environment for all living things.”

Shaina said she is excited and nervous to have her artwork placed on a Henry County refuse truck.

“I am not used to a lot of people seeing my drawings. I am only used to my family and people at school seeing my drawings. I am also excited. The first time I see it I will probably scream out, ‘That’s my drawing,’” she added.

The winner also will receive other prizes from Henry County, Henry County Public Schools, Dan River Basin Association and Chick-fil-A.

There were four runners-up, and each will receive a gift card and other prizes. They are Ashton Hairston, third grade, Rich Acres Elementary; Caleb Lester, 11th grade, Bassett High; Reeves Stowe, third grade, Stanleytown Elementary; and Madison Ross, fourth grade, John Redd Smith Elementary.

The art contest was developed through a partnership between the Dan River Basin Association, Henry County and Henry County Public Schools.

Submissions had to be anti-litter related, address the effects of litter on the Smith River and promote keeping it clean.

Prizes for the contest were provided by Henry County, Henry County Public Schools and the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA). A Keep Virginia Beautiful grant was awarded to DRBA earlier this year to increase public awareness of litter issues and anti litter campaigns. Some of the funds were used to support the August Smith River Clean-up while the remainder of the grant helped fund the art contest as well.

All submissions are on display in the Henry County Administration Building Lobby.


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