Eligibility

California elementary and middle school students in kindergarten through eighth grade are eligible to participate in the 22nd Annual Safe & Wise Water Ways Poster Contest.

 

Acknowledgments

One entry from each grade level will be selected to appear on the 2015 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 Friday, October 31, 2014.

 

Winner Notification

Results will be posted January 2015 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.)

 

Welcome Administrators, Teachers and Parents

 

California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) invites you to participate in the 22nd 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 2015 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 2015 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!!

 

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 may be downloaded 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.

 

Size

Pictures must be no smaller than 8 1/2" x 11" and no larger than 16" x 20".

 

Submission Checklist

    Student artwork

    Labels on each poster submission

    Signed submission form

 

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

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