Eligibility

California elementary and middle school students in kindergarten through eighth grades are eligible to participate in the 21st Annual Safe & Wise Water Ways Poster Contest.

 

Acknowledgments

One entry from each grade level will be selected to appear on the 2014 Safe & Wise Water Ways boating safety calendar. Each winning student will also receive a new, Coast Guard-approved life jacket!

 

Deadline

All entries must be postmarked by Thursday, October 31, 2013.

 

Winner Notification

Results will be posted January 2014 on BoatSmarter.com.

 

Materials

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—student creativity is encouraged!

 

Submission Requirements

The contest theme is “Safe & Wise Water Ways.” Entries must be original and should depict safe boating and aquatic activities. Messages and lettering should be large and bold enough to reproduce digitally.

 

The back of each entry must clearly list the student’s name, grade level, school name, teacher’s name / contact information. Omission of this information will disqualify an entry. (Poster Labels may be downloaded and printed here.)

 

Disclaimer
All entries become the exclusive property of the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW). DBW has the right to display or otherwise use the submissions for future reproduction. Poster entries cannot be returned. Suggestion: Take pictures of the artwork prior to submission. Submission Checklist
q Student artwork
q Labels on each poster submission
q Signed submission form Size
Pictures must be no smaller than 8 1/2” x 11” and no larger than 16” x 20”. Mail entries with entry form to:
California Natural Resources Agency
Department of Parks and Recreation
DIVISION OF BOATING AND WATERWAYS
Safe & Wise Water Ways Poster Contest
One Capitol Mall, Suite 410
Sacramento, CA 95814

An Entry Form must accompany each set of entries. Please make sure all information requested on the form is accurate and legible. An incomplete or unsigned entry form will disqualify the set of entries. (Entry forms may also be downloaded here.)

 

Omission of this information will disqualify an entry. An entry form must accompany each set of entries. Please make sure all information requested on the form is accurate and legible. An incomplete or unsigned entry form will disqualify the set of entries.

 

Welcome Administrators, Teachers and Parents

 

California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) invites you to participate in the 21st Annual Safe & Wise Water Ways Poster Contest! All California students in kindergarten through eighth grade are eligible to participate. The primary goal of this contest is to educate students to be safe and wise when in or near the water.

 

One winner from each grade level will be selected to have their winning artwork displayed on the 2014 water and boating safety calendar, which will be distributed to schools, boating safety partners and boating enthusiasts throughout the state. Additionally, the winning artwork will be displayed at the California State Capitol during the 2014 boating season. All winning students will also receive a new, Coast Guard-approved life jacket.

 

Fact: Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 1–4 years and children 10–14 years. –Safe Kids

 

We hope you will join us in teaching boating and water safety.

 

So, welcome aboard and thank you for helping us save lives!!