PIQUA — Thanks to a contest held by the city of Piqua Storm Water Department, four Piqua seventh graders will be seeing their artwork displayed along a scenic route through the city.
“Every other year, the city of Piqua works with the seventh grade Piqua Junior High class, and what we do is we do a sign contest,” Storm Water Coordinator Devon Alexander said.
The seventh graders are able to submit pictures that will be incorporated onto signs that discourage pollution and illegal dumping in the Great Miami River.
“We actually put them up on the bike path,” Alexander said. He added that the city of Piqua Storm Water Department puts up a total of approximately 16 of those signs around the bike path.
This is the Storm Water Department’s second year of doing this sign contest. Alexander said that they had a good amount of participants who submitted drawings to the sign contest, including around 50 to 60 kids. The department picks the top four drawings.
The signs also include the phone number (937) 778-2088 for people to call if they see any potential violations. The fact that the kids’ drawings are incorporated on those signs may draw more attention to the signs and the potential violations. Alexander said that they have had a good rapport from the public with these signs and that their number has been used a few times in the past.
“They are effective,” Alexander said.
For this year, the first place winner was Dylan Wintrow, second place was Alexis Goode, third place was Karly Schisler, and fourth place was Adasia Jacomet. They each received a gift certificate to Dairy Queen and their own copy of their drawing on a sign.
“I feel really good,” Wintrow said. The other students were also excited about the city choosing to use their drawings for signs.
Wintrow said that he incorporated “how people pollute water” into his drawing. His picture is of two hands holding the planet Earth with a faucet coming out of the Earth and storm cloud on the other side of the planet. It also says, “Save water. The world is in your hands.”
Goode said that she portrayed “how clean water can create life” in her artwork, which shows a rainstorm with flowers growing underneath it, calling for people to “Protect the Earth!”
Schisler said that she was inspired by “how people … throw stuff in the road” in her picture. Her drawing is of a thunderstorm over a house, demonstrating a storm water system. Her drawing also says not to litter and “Be part of the solution, not the pollution.”
Jacomet’s drawing incorporates the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, saying, “Keep the Ninja Turtles safe from pollution. Let’s be the solution for our pollution!”
Seventh grade science teachers Allie Spurling and Brandy Hahn, who oversaw the sign contest with the students, said that the seventh graders took the contest to heart, spending extra time learning about water and pollution in order to apply that information to their drawings.
“The kids loved it,” Spurling said about the sign contest.
“They were researching in my class. They were researching outside of class,” Hahn said.
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