Soil and Water

 Essay and Poster Contest Winners

Conservation Poster & Essay Contest  - Materials, contest rules and details will be delivered to 6thGrade teachers in the fall to help them participate in the Poster & Essay Contests held during the months of October and November.  Both contests are designed to supplement the instructions on natural resources as given in the classroom. The intent is to alert students to conservation principles and measures as they relate to each students life.  It is the hope that some of these principles will be absorbed, carried forth in life, and be used by the individual for the betterment of our community.  District winners in both contests will be entered in the Area VIII Essay and Poster Contests.  Area VIII is made up of 12 counties and the Area VIII winners will be entered in the NC State Competition.  Teachers are invited to call our office at to schedule a presentation for your class or group of classes. Your cooperation in teaching our young people conservation and your willingness to participate in our Poster & Essay Contest is greatly appreciated.
 
"Soil & Water....Yours for LIfe" Conservation Poster & Essay Contest Theme for 2016-2017
 
Our 2016 - 2017 Poster and Essay County Winners, Area VIII Entries
Congratulations to our County's poster and essay winners!   Mark Chhim, a 6th grade student from Ledford Middle School, and Zachary Spease, a 6th grade student from Oak Grove Middle School whose poster and essay were both selected as the Davidson County 1st Place Winners.  Zachary's essay and Mark's poster were entered in the Area VIII Contest, which consists of 12 Counties.  Zachary's essay was awarded 2nd place in the Area VIII Contest.  Mark's poster was selected as the 1st place winner.  His poster was also entered in the NC State Contest and received Honorable Mention.  Mark and Zachary were presented with trophies, plaques, certificates, and monetary awards at their school Awards Assembly.  Congratulations to both of you! 
Mark Chhim's Poster
 
Zachary Spease Essay
"Soil and water are two of the most important things in the world.  Water and soil are both essential to plant and animal life.  All plants, animals and people have to have clean water to survive.  Besides drinking, water is also used for cleaning, bathing, and cooking.  Soil is important for sustaining plant and animal life, and it provides support for our homes.  It takes 500 years to form an inch of topsoil, so it is not quickly replaced.  Soil is made of mineral matter, organic matter, water and air.  It is 45% mineral matter, 5% organic matter, 25% water and 25% air.  Without soil and water, we would not be here. We need to start conserving water and soil, so it is here for generations to come.  
One of the best ways to conserve soil and water would be to prevent pollution.  Pollution is when you introduce a harmful substance to the environment.  An example is littering in streams, rivers and lakes. Some ways to prevent pollution are to recycle and reuse, stop littering and reduce burning of waste.  We also need to reduce the use of pestidices, fertilizers and weed killers to prevent runoff into the soil and water.
Also, many people don't understand the importance of soil and water, so we need to educate them.  One way would be to start by creating agronomy clubs that could work on environmental projects.  For example, they could develop ways to prevent runoff from taking our soil and create inventions to stop pollution.  Another way we can help is creating community events, like the NC Big Sweep to clean out streams, rivers, lakes and land.  
Farmers have developed many ways to conserve soil so that it is fertile for years to come.  Some of the methods are contour plowing, conservation plowing and crop rotation.  Farmers use these every year to help grow their crops.  Crop rotation is when you grow different types of plants in a different field each year.  Contour plowing is when farmers farm around hills. Conservation plowing is when farmers try to disturb the soil as little as possible.  By using any one of these methods, they can help prevent nutrients from leaving the soil.
Without clean water and soil we could not survive.  Therefore, conserving soil and water should be a joint effort with everyone taking part.  Not littering and starting to recycle are simple ways that anyone can help.  Community awareness projects can help educate the world about how we can preserve our environment.  With more help, we can conserve the soil and water for generations to come".  
 
 
"We All Live In A Watershed"  Conservation Poster & Essay Contest Theme for 2015 - 2016
 
Our 2015 - 2016 Poster and Essay County Winners, Area VIII Winners, and State Winners
Congratulations to our County's poster and essay winners!  Sydney Loflin, a 6th grade student from Davidson County Home School, and Salem Ward, a 6th grade student from Central Davidson Middle School whose poster and essay were both selected as the Davidson County 1st Place Winners.  Sydney's poster and Salem's essay were both selected as the 1st Place Winners in the Area VIII Contest, which consists of 12 Counties.  Their poster & essay were also entered in the NC State Contest.  Sydney's poster was awarded 2nd Place at the State Level.  Sydney and Salem were presented with trophies, plaques, certificates, and monetary awards at their school Awards Assembly.
 
"Wetlands are Wonderful"  was our 2014 - 2015 Essay and Poster Contest Theme.  
Congratulations to our County's poster and essay winners, Ashley Godwin, a 6th grade student from Ledford MIddle School, and Taylor Williams, a 6th grade student from Tyro Middle School whose poster and essay were both selected as the 2nd Place Winners in the Area VIII Poster Essay Contest.  Area VIII consists of 12 counties.   Ashley's poster won 1st place at the school level and 1st place in the County Poster Contest.  Taylor's essay won 1st place at the school level, and 1st place in the County Essay Contest.  Ashley and Taylor were presented with trophies, plaques, certificates, and monetary awards at the school Awards Assembly.
 
 Conservation Poster & Essay Contest Themes Consists of: 
Water....The Cycle of Life;  The Living Soil; Soil & Water.....Yours For Life;  Wetlands are Wonderful;  We all live in A Watershed.
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