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Stewardship Week contest winners

May 5, 2017
Traer Star-Clipper

To help spread the message of Stewardship Week, April 30 through May 7, the Tama Soil & Water Conservation District recently held a grocery sack decorating contest in local schools. The activity was open to third, fourth and fifth grade students in the county schools which chose to participate. 278 students created contest entries this year.

This year's theme is "Healthy Soils Are Full of Life!" It emphasizes that productive soils are the foundation of any healthy ecosystem. As the world's population grows and demand for food production increases, it's essential that we work together to protect and enhance our soils.

The district's overall contest winner is fourth grader Estrella Fonseca of South Tama Elementary. She won $10 and will be treated to an airplane ride over Tama County by Garry Brandenburg, retired Marshall County Conservation Board Director.

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North Tama grade-level winners pictured are (L to R): Kruiz Ewoldt (3rd grade), Kolt Knaack (4th grade), and Ryan Hosek (5th grade).

$5 winners of their schools' grade levels include Elly Sieh, third, and Lily Drew, fifth, from Gladbrook-Reinbeck; Liz Balderas, third grade, and Tenoch Snow, fourth grade, at Meskwaki School; third grader Kruiz Ewoldt, fourth grader Kolt Knaack and fifth grader Ryan Hosek of North Tama; and Melanie Yuska, third, and Jailyn Metcalf, a fourth grader, at Union's Dysart-Geneseo.

Congratulations to all the winners! Look for the students' art work sharing the message of soil health on renewable paper grocery sacks at the following stores: Terry's Food Center in Dysart, Hometown Foods in Traer, Trunck's in Reinbeck and Fareway in Toledo. "Thank you!" to these stores for their sack donations.

Thanks for supporting Stewardship Week also go to the students and local schools who participated!



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