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NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- City officials here believe it's
never too early to teach kids about protecting the environment.
To promote the importance of water conservation, the Public
Services Department sponsored its first poster contest -- open to all
elementary school students within the city's water service area.
Students must create a slogan or an illustration depicting their own
ideas on how people can save water.
``For water conservation, education is the key,'' said Lloyd
Hathcock, water conservation coordinator. ``If we focus our efforts
in educating youth, they'll grow up to be better stewards of the
The city's water service area consists of Sunny Isles Beach,
Aventura, Golden Beach and parts of unincorporated North Miami-Dade,
including Biscayne Gardens, Carol City, and Haulover Beach.
``It's a very cost-effective way to reach and educate children on
water conservation,'' Hathcock said. ``At least 850 elementary
schoolchildren will have the opportunity to participate.''
When Gerri Boldovitch, an art teacher at Hibiscus Elementary
School, learned of the contest, she got her students involved. They
submitted 14 posters.
``I'm a firm believer that conservation is everybody's problem,''
she said. ``You have to start teaching kids not to be wasteful at an
early age. Hands-on methods are the best way of educating because the
concept stays with you.''
Winners will be announced during Drinking Water Week in May. The
city has divided the contest into three divisions: kindergarten and
first grade, second and third grade, and fourth and fifth grade.
First-place posters from each division will be entered into a state
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