California elementary and middle school students in Kindergarten through 8th grades are eligible to participate in the Tenth Annual Safe & Wise Water Ways poster contest.

This year the Department is highlighting the following
four boating and aquatic safety themes:


California elementary and middle school students in Kindergarten through 8th grades are eligible to participate in the Tenth Annual Safe & Wise Water Ways poster contest.


One entry from each grade level will be selected to appear on the Division of Boating and Water Ways' 2003 boating and aquatic safety calendar. Each winning student will be awarded an education savings bond and a commemorative medallion.

The classmates of each winner also win! Each student in the winner's class will receive an achievement button and a copy of the 2003 calendar.

The winner's teacher is not forgotten either! A gift certificate for educational classroom materials will be awarded to the teacher.

And, finally, each winner's school will receive a framed copy of the 2003 calendar.


All entries must be postmarked by Saturday, November 2, 2002.


White paper for background is preferable. Students may use construction paper, plain bond paper, drawing paper, or art board. Crayons, felt pens, colored chalks, paints, water colors and grease pencils may be used. Artwork is not limited to these materials so encourage student creativity.


The contest theme is "Safe and Wise Water Ways." Entries must be original and should depict safe boating and aquatic activities.

The back of each entry must clearly list the student's name, grade level, school name, and teacher's name. Omission of this information will disqualify an entry.

An entry form must accompany each set of entries. All information requested on the form is important, so please make sure it is accurate. An incomplete or unsigned entry form will disqualify the set of entries. (Photocopied entry forms are acceptable).

All entries become the exclusive property of the California Division of Boating and Waterways. The Department has the right to display or otherwise use the submissions and modify any poster for future reproduction. The poster entries cannot be returned. Suggestion: you might want to take pictures of the artwork prior to submission.

If students include written messages in their artwork, encourage them to use clear, bold letters.


Pictures must be no smaller than 812" x 11" and no larger than 16" x 20".


California Department of Boating and Waterways
Safe & Wise Water Ways Contest
2000 Evergreen Street, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95815-3888