Rain barrel-painting contest set for high schools in Erie & Niagara Counties; register by Feb. 24

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The first prize winner in 2013 was created by students of Joshua Milovich at Lewiston-Porter High School. Photo courtesy Erie County Department of Environment and Planning

Students in grades 9-12 in Erie and Niagara Counties can enter a rain barrel-painting contest with cash prizes held in conjunction with Earth Day 2014.

Schools are encouraged to enter a team, either through a class or an after-school program. The team will design and paint a rain barrel provided by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Buffalo, Inc. All participating schools will receive their final painted rain barrels to use, donate or raffle as desired.

The deadline to register is Feb. 24.

The theme is “Rainwater is a Resource, Not Just Runoff.”

First prize is $750; second prize, $500; third prize, $250, and fourth prize, $250. Winners will be featured at the annual Earth Day celebration in April 2014.

The contest is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Buffalo, Inc.,  the Erie County Department of Environment & Planning, the Western New York Stormwater Coalition and the Erie County Water Quality Committee.

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