2017 County Poster Winner Georgia Lowe. Georgia received a plaque and cash award. Her poster has been submitted to the state level for further consideration.
The Stewardship theme for 2017 is “Healthy Soils Are Full of Life”.
In 1955, the National Association of Conservation Districts began a national program to encourage Americans to focus on stewardship. Stewardship Week is officially celebrated from the last Sunday in April to the first Sunday in May. It is one of the world's largest conservation-related observances. In Catoosa County, GA your local District shares and promotes resource stewardship and conservation activities, concentrating on education programs in our public schools.
We think it is very important to recognize our teachers who assist with Conservation Stewardship education and encourage and support our students. Each year the District recognizes a “Teacher of the Year".
The poster contest, sponsored by the Catoosa Soil and Water Conservation District and promoted by Catoosa County 4-H, is a valuable tool for promoting environmental education. The 5th and 6th graders of Catoosa County are presented with the rules of the contest and the theme for the year. Afterwards, the children research the topic (theme) and create a poster that encompasses what they have learned about that theme. The children have learned about soil, watersheds, helpful insects, and pollinators to name a few of the themes. The posters are collected by Catoosa County 4-H and judged by the board members of the Catoosa Soil and Water Conservation District. The top 13 winners in the county, as well as the teacher of the year for the contest, are recognized at a banquet hosted by the Conservation District at the end of the school year with first through third places receiving prize money and the top ten honorable mentions receiving t-shirts.
Catoosa County students who qualify to attend the Natural resources Conservation Workshop (NRCW) are offered sponsorship and transportation provided by the Catoosa County Conservation District. This program of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) is held each spring in Tifton, GA. More information is available at http://www.abac.edu/academics/schools/ag-natural-resources/outreach/nrcw
District Chairman Roger Bowman presents the 2017 Teacher of the Year Award to Kelly Samples of Cloud Springs Elementary School.