Governor launches kids' conservation contest

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue wants children to think of creative ways to conserve water.

Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 are encouraged to participate in the Governor's Water Conservation Contest by designing a plan that promotes water conservation.

"I believe that awareness of the water conservation effort has the potential to spread throughout Georgia's younger generations the way that the campaign for seatbelt use did years ago," said Perdue. "Soon our kids will be teaching their parents and grandparents new methods for conserving water."

Students are asked to create a water conservation plan for their community by describing a proposed project in an essay and drafting a budget to implement the project. Students can work on the essay and budget as a class, a grade or as a project by all participating grades. The principal of each school will choose one winner to submit to the governor for consideration. Perdue will bring together judges to read submitted proposals and select the winning plan for implementation.

The plan should include a unique way for communities to conserve water. Implementation of the plan must cost less than $2,000 to be considered. All entries must be turned in to the Governor's Office of Student Achievement by Dec. 6. The winner will receive a $2,000 prize to be used to carry out the conservation plan in the community.

Home Depot sponsors the contest and will participate in the award ceremony. An E-mail with full contest guidelines will be sent to principals and superintendents throughout the state.