Drawing a winner: Students create artwork for “Where Does Your Water Shed” contest

2013-03-31T19:06:00Z 2013-04-01T03:15:44Z Drawing a winner: Students create artwork for “Where Does Your Water Shed” contest Ravalli Republic

Spaced evenly along a very long table, a group of artists was busy Friday afternoon creating a message of conservation with colored pencils and lots of imagination.

The elementary-aged students in the Keystone to Discovery After School Program hoped their poster would be the winning entry in Ravalli County’s first “Where Does Your Water Shed” poster contest.

The contest is sponsored by the Bitter Root Water Forum and Bitterroot Conservation District.

On Thursday, April 4 at 6 p.m., the public is invited to attend the contest’s opening night at the Ravalli County Museum. The winners will be chosen by popular vote.

One poster from each age bracket will be entered into the National Association of Conservation Districts’ annual poster contest.

The event marks the beginning of a monthlong celebration of Water Month by the Bitter Root Water Forum.

It also marks a continuing relationship with the popular afterschool program.

Keystone program director Ria Overholt said the afterschool program began working with the Bitter Root Water Forum last year in conjunction with a water-based course for middle school-aged children.

That led to the formation of a Keystone kids’ committee for the River Fest Celebration last year.

“They tied us into it very nicely,” Overholt said. “It’s important for them to know that the river and water is so important in all their lives.”

There will be no admission at the museum for people wanting to attend next Thursday evening’s event. Visitors can feel free to check out the museum’s current Harry Potter exhibit and other interesting pieces of local history.

Anyone with questions can call the Bitter Root Water Forum’s Kalena Gravina at 375-2272 or email

Reach reporter Perry Backus at 363-3300 or

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